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Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century: The Six-Step Plan to Unlock Your Master-Mind Paperback – February 9, 1998


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (February 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440507790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440507796
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We live in an era when the unprecedented speed of change means: The only certainty is uncertainty; you can't predict what skills will be useful in ten years time; in most professions knowledge is doubling every two or three years; and no job is forever--so being employable means being flexible and retraining regularly.

Accelerated Learning into the 21st Century contains a simple but proven plan that delivers the one key skill that every working person, every parent and student must master, and every teacher should teach: it's learning how to learn. The theory of eight multiple intelligences (linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist) developed by Howard Gardner at Harvard University provides a foundation for the six-step MASTER-Mind system to facilitate learning (an acronym for Mind, Acquire, Search, Trigger, Exhibit, and Review), and is enhanced by the latest findings on the value of emotion and memory on the process of learning.

Combined with motivational stories of success applying these principles, and putting forth a clear vision of how the United States can dramatically improve the education system to remain competitive in the next century, Accelerated Learning into the 21st Century is a dynamic tool for self-improvement by individuals as diverse as schoolchildren and corporate executives.

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199 of 220 people found the following review helpful By John Noodles on June 14, 2000
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I'm beginning to detect a pattern in these so-called "accelerated-learning" books. For one thing, their authors seem to be using them to greater or lesser degrees as platforms from which to hawk their seminars and mail-order courses. For another, they all have a gimmick. For instance, Tony Buzan's is "Mind Mapping," Paul Scheele's is "PhotoReading," Wim Wenger's is "Image Streaming"...and Rose's/Nicholl's is Acronyms. Sometimes these gimmicks work--as in the case of Buzan's--and sometimes they're pure snake oil (PhotoReading).
I wouldn't go so far as to call this book snake oil...but I also wouldn't go so far as to call it useful, either. There is very little fresh, useful information here. I have found better information in other books (try Buzan's--his books also smack of hucksterism, but they *do* contain some useful information and techniques). Aside from the "learning maps" technique (that is, Mind Mapping), there is very little here that will seem like more than very basic common sense to even the most mediocre of intellects. In other words, if you're absolutely helpless when it comes to learning, this book might help. If you're hoping, however, that this book will help you more readily absorb material in your graduate Victorian Poetry seminar, forget it.
This book is heavy on background information--research, sanitized for lay people. The instruction the give in analytical thinking is laughable. My impression is that the target audience is for the most part corporations...and I have to ask, "Do they really think business executives and secretaries are so stupid?
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Victor on November 2, 2004
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Loads of hype and salespitch! The methods described in this book are fairly flexible, but they are so hyped up that it is not easy to cope with the dissapointment after the hype. The only good part of their story is the "search for meaning" section of the MASTER learning method that goes some way to promoting thinking before memory.

There are tons of stories and anecdotes in the pages that have already been debunked, and a good amount of serious salesmanship.

One warning though! I did do a websearch on the company and found that they are currently being prosecuted for advertising against the trades descriptions act in the UK. They claimed falsly to be able to teach a foreigh language within just a few hours, amongst other such nonsense.

Lots of dodgy sales methods, but no real payback!
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
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Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century
The next millennium will surely bring a revolution in the ways people learn. Learn faster, remember more, think creatively, and do deeper and more through analysis will be the demands placed upon every knowledge worker of the future. Anyone who wants to excel in the 21st century must master these core skills. Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century reviews the latest research in psychology, business, and education to bring forward some basic principles for improved learning. The techniques incorporate the work of Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University on multiple intelegences, of Arthur Costa and others on learning styles, and of Nobel Prize winners Roger Sperry and Robert Ornstein on left and right brain specialization.
Colin Rose has synthesized the work of scores of key educational researchers and created a model of learning that allows individuals to understand how they learn best and to use new techniques that accentuate and compliment individual learning styles. The six-step M-A-S-T-E-R program explains how the learner's state-of-mind, input methods, exploration techniques, memory creation, demonstration models, and review techniques improve learning. From early childhood learning to lifelong learning, this book covers it all. The authors offer a simple and practical plan for children, parents, knowledge workers, and teachers to "learn how to learn and how to think logically and creatively."
In the later chapters of the book the authors challenge many of our conventional educational practices. They explore the application of "Total Quality Management" techniques to our contemporary school environments. They propose a plan for high-tech learning utilizing and expanding the concept of networks.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2000
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I found Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century to be an enlightening, well-researched, comprehensive and even entertaining book.
It is an excellent introduction to the entire accelerated learning system of learning which the authors seem to have applied from cradle to grave! Although the subject matter ranges from early learning to corporate training, from the value of music to language-learning, there is plenty of "meat" for would-be learners of any age or interest.
It is not a book for intellectual snobs but for people seriously interested in improving their personal ability to learn anything faster and easier.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2000
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This is a clearly-written, easy-to-read book that is full of useful information. It provides numerous techniques that readers can apply to any learning situation.
Some of it does, of necessity, review what may be old ground for some readers who have prevously encountered accelerated learning. And, of course, the authors do promote the fact that in-depth study of particular topics will require progressing to an in-depth home study course. Surprise, surprise. One would be naive to expect anything else.
But nevertheless there is an immense amount of useful information throughout this entire book. It's an inexpensive investment and well worth anyone's time.
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