ERIC Number: ED359914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
On Becoming a Sojourning Community.
McEwan, Anna E.
This paper argues that collaborative learning is possible within graduate education and examines the process whereby a classroom can develop into a unified learning community of shared experiences. Using excerpts of student writings and dialogue, three aspects surrounding the creation of a learning community are explored: (1) the risk of trust, (2) the art of transparency, and (3) the passion for learning. The risk of trust is examined in the context of student teacher/peer relationships in which the teacher communicates warmth and trust to the student, and the students receive strength from the teacher and each other. The art of transparency in the classroom relates to students feeling positive about having their doubts, ideas, opinions, and questions scrutinized by others. Finally, the passion for learning encompasses the classroom's willingness to engage in critical classroom discussions. Contains 15 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Classes (Groups of Students), Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Group Behavior, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Experience, Learning Strategies, Peer Relationship, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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