The 2019 Malcolm Knowles Award for significant lifelong contributions to the field of self-directed learning was presented to Terrence R. Redding at the International Self-Directed Learning Symposium on February 7. Dr. Redding earned his Ph. D. in Adult Education and Higher Education with a minor in Marketing at the University of Oklahoma in1997, a student of Dr. Huey B. Long. His M. Ed. in Educational Psychology was also from the University of Oklahoma, adding to a B.S. in Education/Business Administration, with honors, from Cameron University.
Dr. Redding’s involvement with self-directed learning spans almost 30 years. It began when he was a Kellogg Fellow at the University of Oklahoma and a doctoral student of Dr. Huey Long. In 1991 he co-authored Self-Directed Learning Dissertation Abstracts, 1966-1991 with Dr. Long and completed his doctoral dissertation focusing on SDL in 1997: Association of Historical Events and the Development of Self-Directed Learning Readiness of Amateur...
Welcome to our new website and to the ISSDL blog! Lila Holt and Richard Durr are our webmasters, and they have done a great job. I was asked to write this first blog about why SDL is important to me, but (as always) I’ll end up talking about why it’s important to all of us.
I was always an eager learner, blessed with parents who asked questions in response to my questions, who had a “can-do” and “I can fix it” attitude when problems cropped up, and often stopped what they were doing to head for the bookshelves and the encyclopedias with me (our nearest local library in a rural setting in the pre-internet era). One of my fondest memories is of days when dinner was late because my mother and I were sitting on the living room floor with a dozen or more encyclopedias, National Geographics, and other books and magazines spread out around us, sharing the excitement of discovery.