May 28, 2017

The ISSDL acknowledges with gratitude the many contributions of Dr. Richard Durr, who has been an integral part of the SDL Symposium and the International Society for Self-Directed Learning for more than 25 years. Retiring from the ISSDL Board this year, he will be greatly missed.

A dedicated lifelong learner, Richard evidenced his commitment to SDL early by homeschooling his children.  As a doctoral student at Florida Atlantic University, he authored a dissertation that was carefully crafted to further the emergent research on the connection between self-directed learning and productivity in the workplace. His research answered several questions raised by previous studies and explored new areas, such as varying levels of readiness for SDL among occupational categories (An Examination of Readiness for Self-Directed Learning and Selected Personnel Variables at a Large Midwestern Electronics Development and Manufacturing Corporation, 1992).

His doctoral work was the beginning of 25 years o...

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