Fred M. Schied

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Ed. D., Northern Illinois University, 1991
Associate Professor of Education

Fred received his B.A. in history from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he also did graduate work in nineteenth century European history . He received his M.S. in Rehabilitation Services Administration from DePaul University before receiving his Ed. D. in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University. He has served as an administrator of a large urban adult basic education program, taught English-as-a-Second-Language, and worked as a community educator in community development projects in Chicago.

Fred's research has addressed the questions of how workplace learning is defined and conceptualized, who does the defining, whose interest is being served, and what impact workplace learning has on workers. His book, Learning in Social Context: Workers and Adult Education in Nineteenth Century Chicago, received the 1994 Cyril O.Houle Award for Outstanding Literature from the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Fred serves on the board of several scholarly journals, including Adult Education Quarterly and the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. In 1998 Fred was one of five Americans who received the Kellogg Foundation's Houle Emerging Scholar Award. The Fellowship allows him to continue his study of the interaction of learning, control and management practices in the workplace.