ERIC Number: ED363957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
How Do We Go about "Knowing" the Culture of Our School?
Achilles, C. M.
Research on learning styles has shown that students learn better when teachers plan class learning activities to fit students' learning styles. This paper describes three "ways of knowing" and discusses the role they play in "knowing the culture" of a school. The first part relates ways of knowing to the usual three domains of learning--cognitive, affective, and psychomotor--and offers an overview of the work of thinkers on the subject ranging from the ancient philosophers to psychologist Carl Jung. The second part examines more recent work on cognition and describes how it relates to teaching and learning. It is suggested that dialogue is a way to overcome hindrances to knowing. To discover the culture of a school, the three ways of knowing can be combined through dialogue, in which a "human group process" is used to arrive at common ground that serves as a basis for discussion. Eight tables are included. Appendices contain a model for innovative expansion of education modalities and an excerpt from William James'"The Varieties of Religious Experience." (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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