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ERIC Number: ED261735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-25
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Participants in Learning, Not Spectators.
Totten, Charles F.
"Involvement in Learning: Realizing the Potential of American Higher Education," the 1984 federal study group report on excellence, identifies three conditions vital to the improvement of undergraduate education: student involvement, high expectations, and assessment and feedback. Of these, student involvement was judged most important and is most germane to successful developmental work. Two of the report's recommendations which have particular importance for developmental English involve the use of more active modes of teaching, and the mandate to encourage students to take greater responsibility for their learning. Strategies that promote more active modes of teaching include severely curtailing lecturing, rotating seating, walking around the room, having students write out every sentence in every exercise, and dividing classes into small groups. Students can be encouraged to take greater responsibility for their learning if they write their own attendance policy sheet; learn to set goals by two-week segments; and establish specific objectives related to vocabulary, spelling, and studying. Goal-setting techniques and strategies for active involvement are more readily implemented within the right atmosphere. Using seminar tables rather than desks, inviting another class to participate in a class session, and encouraging the involvement of older students are all ways to help create an environment more conducive to active student participation. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A