ERIC Number: ED252164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
The Learning Center as Consultant to the Academic Community.
Kochenour, Edith O.; And Others
Rationales for the college learning center to provide consulting services are considered, along with the literature on learning centers as consultants to the university community. Attention is directed to an actual consultation intervention, in which the learning center at the University of Utah worked with the coordinator and teaching assistant staff of an introductory psychology course. In addition, a consultation model and information on its application are presented. The learning center consultant is a specialized professional, who has expertise in areas such as how students learn, skills that can enhance student learning, and assessment of underachieving students. Potential consultees are from academic departments, college administration, student groups, and other student service agencies. At the University of Utah, the coordinator for the introductory psychology course sought consultation because of the high number of poorly-performing students. The consultation resulted in two interventions consisting of changes in course structure and administration and a direct service presentation to the class. The effect of the changes on student grades was assessed. The consultation model divides the consultation into 12 stages, including initiation/entry, early contract, system overview, assessment, and problem formulation. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Baltimore, MD, April 1984).