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Education and Training -- Books

Adults as Learners
K. Patricia Cross
1981 300-page Book
Everyone concerned with the education and training of adults---in business, government, labor unions, social agencies, or professional societies, as well as on college campuses---will find this book an indispensable source of information and advice.

The Adult Learner: Sixth Edition
Malcolm S. Knowles, Elwood F. Holton III, and Richard A. Swanson
2005, 378 pages
This book provides a theoretical framework for understanding the adult learning issues both in the teaching and workplace environments. 
The book is divided into three sections to give you the tools and advancements you need to endure at your own environment as an adult learner.

The Boxed Set Volumes I-X and Reference Guide
John E. Jones
1988, Volumes I-X
This set of books is designed by practicing professionals who are continually experimenting with new techniques. You can benefit from the fresh thoughtful approach that underlies University Associates' experientially based materials, resources, books, workbooks, instruments, and tape-assisted learning programs.

Design for Learning
Joan Cybela
75 pages
In this book you'll be introduced to five concepts that are critical to designing effective educational experiences. They are: 1. Understanding Learners and their Needs, 2. Examining and organizing content, 3. Selecting appropriate teaching tools, 4. Creating Effective learning Environments, 5. Assessing learning outcomes.

Distance Learning: Principles for Effective Design, Delivery, and Evaluation
Chandra Mohan Mehrotra, C. David Hollister, and Lawrence McGahey
2001, 242 Pages
In response to an explosion of interest in distance learning and increasing pressures to expand traditional on-campus courses, this text is designed to be a clear and functional guidebook to implement much-needed programs.

Diversity and Motivation: Cultural Responsive Teaching
Wlodkowski, Raymond J.
1995, 364 Pages
Every day college and university faculty ask themselves the question, 'How can we become more effective teachers of a culturally diverse student body?' This book provides the most comprehensive and useful answer that I have ever read. Drawing upon years of experience and research with students from various cultural backgrounds, Wlodkowski and Ginsberg offer faculty a remarkable integration of theory and practice--full of the kinds of insights and strategies they can use today.

Educational Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines
Blaine R. Worthen and James R. Sanders
1987 450-page Book
The authors share critical concepts and issues related to evaluation; the role evaluation plays in education; and how to construct useful, feasible and technically sound evaluations; plus study questions, application exercises and a list of suggested readings in each chapter and a running case study that unfolds chapter by chapter to illustrate how practical guidelines can be applied to a real-life evaluation.

The E-Myth Revisited
Michael Gerber
268 Pages
This book gives tips for growing your business in predictable and productive ways.  It shows you how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running businesses as well as taking you through the steps of business.

Engaging Students in Distance Learning: Interactive Exercises and Activities for Field Sites
Thomas E. Cyrs
1999, 135 Pages
This book by a retired New Mexico State University professor explores a variety of distance learning activities and exercises that will allow you to involve students at both origination and field sites in critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and values exploration exercises.

Internet Research Methods: A practical guide for the social and behavioural sciences
Hewson, Claire, Peter Yule, Dianna Laurent, and Carol Vogel
2003, 155 pages
Internet Research Methods offers a comprehensive guide for students and researchers conducting research online. Written in a lively and accessible manner, the bok provides a detailed explanation of all the main areas of Internet research

Land-Grant Universities and Extension into the 21st Century: Renegotiating or Abandoning a Social Contract (2 copies)
George R. McDowell
2001 198-page Book
McDowell, a Virginia Tech ag economist, says the original purpose of extension -- bringing applicable solutions from the science and research of the land-grant institution to the people of the home state -- may be in peril as the needs of the public evolve. He suggests specific action steps for maintaining the value and viability of extension's service to the people. McDowell will be the opening keynote speaker at the NDSU Extension Service spring conference March 19, 2002.

Keys to Mentoring Success
Kathy Wentworth
2004, 180 Pages
This is a 7-step guide for the establishment and implementing of successful and dynamic mentoring programs. Mentoring expert Kathy Wentworth Drahosz takes the mentoring practitioner through the entire process from beginning to end. There is even a section on troubleshooting. A must read for every mentoring professional.

Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach: The Power of Dialogue in Educating Adults
Jane Vella
1994 194-page Book
This book focuses on the 12 principles for effective adult learning: learner participation in naming what is to be learned; safety in the environment and process; a sound relationship between teacher and learner; sequence of content and reinforcement; action with reflection or learning by doing; respect for learners as subjects of their own learning; ideas, feelings and actions; immediacy of the learning; clear roles and role development; teamwork; engagement of the learners in what they're learning; and accountability.

Mastering the Teaching of Adults
Jerold W. Apps
1991 131-page Book
Apps emphasizes an approach to teaching adults where you, the teacher, engage your entire personality, how you think, what you know and how you know it, and how you feel and why you feel that way. 

Mind-Opening Training Games: Activities to Help Groups Learn How to Learn, Tap Their Right-Brain Power and Think "Outside the Box"
Rex Davies and David McDermott
1994 205-page Book (three-ring binder)
Sections about session openers, right- and left-brain thinking, creativity and problem solving, pattern recognition, organizational culture, teamwork, communication, and session closers.

Methods in Adult Education
Barton Morgan, Glenn E. Holmes
1976, 282 Pages
This book is helpful to those preparing to teach adults, to those already on the job, to instructors and industries, and to all others who are trying to help mature people acquire new skills, understandings and attitudes.

Motivating People
Kurt Hanks
1982, 152 Pages
Motivation is everybody’s problem, no matter what we do in life. This book makes a difference as it contains bunches of ideas on how to effectively motivate others by describing techniques that work.

Presentation Skills Training: 30 High-Involvement Training Designs
Wendy Denham and Elizabeth Sansom
1997 313-page Book (three-ring binder)
Sections on overview of presentation techniques, preparing the presentation, compiling the presentation, delivering the presentation and managing the audience.

Training through Dialogue: Promoting Effective Learning and Change with Adults
Jane Vella
1995 196-page Book
Here's a step-by-step approach to showing trainers how to cultivate an entirely new set of skills for interacting with learners where learners are partners in the tasks of designing and implementing educational programs. Training through Dialogue challenges teachers of adults to examine the philosophies, principles and practices of their old, familiar model of teaching and open up to a new experience of education.

Training the Grammar Trainer: Fun Workshops
Meg Ashman, LaRae Donellan
1999 5 Section Binder

What the Best College Teachers Do
Ken Bain
2004, 207 Pages
What makes a teacher great? This book, the conclusion of a 15-year study of nearly 100 college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators. It explains what Teachers really mean and how much they care about their students. Ken describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential.

Winning Moves: The Body Language of Selling
299 Pages
This book isolates the winning body language of sales and shows how to make it work for you.  It helps you become relaxed, confident and your best self.  It also helps you to project in a winning way in sales and social situations.

Web Teaching Guide
Sarah Horton
2000, 242 Pages
This helpful and up-to-date book is written to guide educators through the process of designing and applying an affective academic course Web site.



Books can be checked out for one month, audio and video tapes for two weeks. Contact the Distribution Center at or 701 231-7882 to check out Staff Resource Library materials, or stop by Morrill 10 to browse the shelves.