Trainer and Educator
About Me - My Biography
Originally trained as a computer engineer, Stephanie Burns was one of the first to design and teach the practical applications of computers, working at first with the US Army and then consulting with NASA, ABC-TV and others.
In 1983, she began research into the subject of learning and in the process was introduced to some of the best thinkers in the areas of education and human behaviour. During this time she was an trainer for the Supercamp program in the US teaching learning strategies to teenagers. She also developed her Learning to Learn program which she taught to over 10,000 people.
Since 1994, Stephanie has been absorbed in her PhD program and teaching ‘Training to Train’ a four month program for professional trainers. Her PhD was done through the University of South Australia and the degree has just recently been awarded. Her focus during this time was on the emotional experience of the adult learner. The results of that work have led to a new understanding of the experience of goal pursuits in adults. It led to insights into why so many otherwise successful adults fail to sustain action when it comes to important goals – goals related to health and fitness, education and relationships.
In addition to finding a new way of understanding the problem, specific strategies used to succeed in these areas were captured by analysis. This new information and these strategies are the basis of Stephanie’s Goal Achievers’ Program. This program has now been conducted in several formats. A seminar program conducted by Stephanie for the general public, a video based course facilitated by others in Adelaide and Melbourne and in-house programs with companies.
In addition to the development of new programs, Goal Achievers has sparked great interest in Stephanie’s earlier works on learning and study strategies. This is the work she had to leave in the background while she studied. You will now begin to see much of Stephanie’s work being revisited, renewed and re-released. ‘Learning to Learn Guitar’ video program being the first of those efforts.