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ERIC Number: ED298840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Theory Seminar Final Report 1986.
Webb, Anne B.; Harvey, Leah S.
Aided by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Metropolitan State University (Minnesota) developed 18 credit carrying theory seminars and added them to the regular curriculum. These seminars were offered beginning mid-April 1985, and continue to be offered. They add theoretical learning to the students' practical knowledge. The project was designed to educate experienced adult students by providing formal learning strategies that build directly on the experientially gained knowledge while adding to it and integrating it with the more theoretical knowledge typical of college-level learning. Information is provided on the project background and origins, project description, evaluation, publicity, and results. Project results include the addition of a series of theory seminars to the school's curriculum; the development of a model format for theory seminars; the creation of a handbook with detailed information on training faculty to develop and teach theory seminars; and presentation of papers at national and international conferences. Theory seminars are found to work well at this college, although they are more difficult to develop than originally anticipated. The result of the developmental difficulties was that the preparation of theory seminars was a significant professional development experience for participating faculty. Appended are: insights for FIPSE; copies of publicity material; evaluation information; and a copy of the grant proposal. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan State Univ., St. Paul, MN.