To those who know her and her work, Stephanie Burns is something of an icon. For Stephanie Burns has taken a life path few could tread. Devoting her life to achieving a greater understanding of the learning process and what constitutes influential communication, Stephanie's work has not only dispelled the myths that surround these important areas, but has broken new ground in terms of the way we think about learning and communication.
Originally trained as a computer engineer in the US Army, Stephanie
Burns started her career as an educator designing and teaching programs
on the practical use of computers. Initially consulting for NASA,
ABC-TV (America), General Electric and other large US corporates,
Stephanie went on to research the subject of learning, working with
some of the leading thinkers at that time in the areas of education
and human behaviour. During this period, Stephanie also worked as
a trainer for the US Supercamp program, teaching her learning strategies
to teenagers. Stephanie also developed the "Learning to Learn"
program which she has since taught to over 40,000 students throughout
Australia and New Zealand.
Stephanie's work in the fields of learning and communication led her to Australia, where she again worked with teenagers in the Discovery Camp programs. Deciding to remain in Australia, Stephanie continued her research into how people learn, combining both practical experience, via the live seminar environment, with formal academic research and study.
In 1994, Stephanie commenced a PhD program with the University
of South Australia, focussing on the emotional experience of the
adult learner and goal achievement. Stephanie's doctorate was awarded
in April of 2000 and the results of her work have created a new
understanding and awareness of the experience of adults in goal
Stephanie's work has provided an unprecedented insight into why
so many otherwise successful adults fail to sustain action when
it comes to important goals - goals related to health and fitness,
education, relationships etc. This new information forms the basis
of Stephanie's work in both the past Goal Achievers Program and
the current Labyrinth:Goal Achievement online course.
Since 1999, Stephanie has focused her efforts on the development
of teaching methods for producing quality learning via technology.
She offers much of her own course material in these forms as demonstrations
of the methods in practice. She is also developing a new way of
thinking about "environments" suitable to support learners
who engage in on-line learning events. Several of these unique environments
containing "learning how to learn" content can be viewed
via her website.
Stephanie Burns remains unique in her field due to her unquenchable thirst for understanding the how and why of learning. Her energy levels, combined with her knowledge of, and commitment to the learning and communication process, are extraordinary and clearly distinguish her from others in the education arena.