ERIC Number: ED256253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Active Group Learning: A Selective Study of Effective Public Humanities Programs.
Cole, Charles C., Jr.
A study of active group learning that occurred during 61 state humanities programs in 35 states is discussed, and 11 recommendations to state humanities councils are offered. Information was obtained from a mail survey and review of state council proposals and narrative reports. Definitions of learning and information on the following learning theories are included: behaviorist, cognitivist, and humanist. Also discussed are learning styles and adult learning theories, including andragogy, self-directed learning, and perspective transformation. Notable public humanities projects in which active group learning occurred are described. They involve the following approaches: audience discussions, bus tours, call-in radio programs, case studies, Chautauqua programs, collaborative projects, computer projects, debates, exhibits with interaction, festivals, field trips, games and simulations, living history projects, multi-faceted projects, panel presentations, participation in archaeological digs, role playing, scholar-in-residence programs, seminars, union shop steward's sessions, educational presentations at historical or archaeological sites, telephone conference calls, theaters as classrooms, town meetings, walking tours, workshops, and writing projects. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Andragogy, Audience Participation, Community Programs, Enrichment Activities, Experiential Learning, Field Instruction, Higher Education, Humanities, Learning Theories, Program Descriptions, State Programs
National Federation of State Humanities Councils, 12 South 6th Street, Suite 527, Minneapolis, MN 55402.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Federation of State Humanities Councils, Minneapolis, MN.