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Reading the Future of Adult Learning: Seven Hopeful Predictions

Numerous studies have been done about the future. It seems that every day someone comes out with the latest crystal-ball reading. Consider reviewing ATD’s annual State of the Industry report, the state of the industry published each year by Training magazine, and the general predictions for the future found on websites of organizations like the World Future Society (wfs.org).

This chapter will focus on seven relatively enduring predictions for the future of adult learning:

1.   There will be more focus on informal and incidental learning as a means of building competencies.

2.   There will be more appreciation for feelings, values, ethics, and cultural awareness among future learners ...

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