Academic journal article Quarterly Review of Distance Education

REPRINTING A CLASSIC: Charles Wedemeyer's Learning at the Back Door

Academic journal article Quarterly Review of Distance Education

REPRINTING A CLASSIC: Charles Wedemeyer's Learning at the Back Door

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Once again, thanks to the efforts of Information Age Publishing, an out-of-print classic is available. Charles Wedemeyer's Learning at the Back Door: Reflections on Non-traditional Learning in the Lifespan has been reprinted. This book has a special place in my professional mind because, as a young associate professor, I reviewed it for Educational Technology in 1982. The book was unforgettable, but I hoped my review was forgotten. I panned Wedemeyer's classic.

Here are two excerpts from that review:

Scholarly writing can be both effective and stifling. Learning at the Back Door is definitely scholarly writing. The four sections and 12 chapters of this book contain 344 direct quotes and citations. Almost every idea, concept, and statement is backed up by a reference. Sentences range in length up to 50 words, each. They are mostly well-written, but they are long and difficult to understand.

It is obvious that Professor Wedemeyer did his homework before he wrote this book. Readers of Learning at the Back Door will have to do their homework, too. It is not a book to be browsed or scanned. …

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