An Experiment in Adult Learning


The University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) and the Toledo Public Schools recently launched a new program aimed at delivering a two-year Associate degree to traditionally under-represented members of our community. The members tend to be para-teachers, i.e., teacher's aids in classes from pre-school to high school. Our goal is to assist these adult learners to become credentialed professionals, thus securing formal positions in the schools and, as a result, compensation commensurate with their new level of expertise. I recently taught a course in "Reading Poetry" to the first group of students coming through the program, and I would like to present on the particular challenges and rewards I experienced during our six-week summer semester. I would also like to share some strategies I found particularly useful and, thus, to help other professionals who may have similar adult-learning opportunities.


Adult, Minorities, Urban


Adult, Community, and Professional Learning


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Russell Reising
    • -, English Language and Literature, Qilu University of Technology, China China
    • Russell Reising studied Asian languages and culture at Miami University before receiving his PhD in American literature from Northwestern University in 1983. He has taught at the University of Oklahoma, Marquette University, Northwestern University, and the University of Toledo. Russ has also had Fulbright Teaching awards to the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) and the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and he served as a consultant in popular music studies at the University of Salford, UK. Russ has written two books on American literary studies and has edited collections of essays on the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones. He has published widely on American literature, popular music (with a focus on psychedelia), and the culture of the Cold War. Most recently, Russell Reising was appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Qilu University of Technology, Jinan, Shandong, People's Republic of China.