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ERIC Number: ED347993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Learners' and Instructors' Roles in the Learning Environment.
Harris, Duncan
This discussion of the potential roles of learners and instructors as they affect the learning environment argues that the roles of teachers and learners are the key issues rather than learning styles. It begins by discussing the roles of learners as receivers, detectives (problem solvers), generators (developers of new ideas), and facilitators (enabling other learners to succeed). The instructors' roles are then addressed: the conductor, who is helping a group of learners who may all be doing different learning activities at the same time; the composer, or designer of the learning; and the critic, or evaluator of learner's work and the learning process. Three key issues are also discussed: mismatches in the expectations of the instructor and learners; the attitudes of the instructor and learners; and communicability, i.e., provision of manuals for computer software that provide clear communication to the instructors and learners. It is concluded that the learning environment is dependent on the roles of the learners and of the instructors, that the design of instruction needs to take into account the current expectations of the learners in their own environment, and that the design needs to enable instructors and learners to become accustomed to any changes in their roles. Questions for the designer relating to the roles of the instructors and the learners are appended. (7 references) (BBM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division; see IR 015 706.