ERIC Number: ED313077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations on "Learning To Learn."
Miami-Dade Community Coll. District, FL.
In fall 1987, the Learning to Learn Subcommittee was formed at Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) to help design a formal course in teaching/learning theory, to identify effective student behaviors and teaching strategies to develop critical thinking skills, and to identify strategies to implement the "learning to learn" concept across all disciplines. The subcommittee surveyed the entire faculty and conducted focus interviews. Based on survey and interview results and assumptions about critical thinking, teaching/learning theory, and ethics, the subcommittee formulated the following recommendations on "learning to learn": (1) the work of the Learning to Learn Subcommittee should be continued by an ad hoc committee, whose focus should be to highlight existing course objectives, to develop and reinforce strategies for integrating critical thinking skills throughout the college, and to develop stand-alone workshops and courses specifically addressing critical thinking and ethics; (2) the focus on critical thinking should be institutionalized; (3) the course, "Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education," should include stand-alone modules on understanding teacher characteristics and teaching styles, understanding learner characteristics and learning styles, motivating students, discovering relevance, planning courses, developing practical applications, and applying institutional resources to classroom teaching/learning; (4) all course modules should be made available to the individual M-DCC campuses as independent units via workshops, tapes, independent study and other means; and (5) a Teaching/Learning Resource Center should be established on each campus to house materials on critical thinking. A course outline of "Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education," findings from the survey of faculty and administrators, and a self-assessment instrument for faculty are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Learning Modules, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Professional Development, Questionnaires, Student Behavior, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll. District, FL.