ERIC Number: ED369174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Improving Education Productivity through a Focus on Learners.
Much of the reason behind educational reform is the belief that schools are not economically productive enough, that students are not learning enough for the resources invested in education. Other critics reject economic productivity as a framework for educational reform and support philosophical, psychological, or moral frameworks. However, improving the economic productivity of schools will improve productivity in other frameworks as well. A learner-centered schooling system can satisfy the requirements of multiple viewpoints. Despite more than 30 years of research, educators still know relatively little about how to improve teaching and learning. Not only are research methodologies limited, but learning is a complex and difficult-to-understand process. This complexity makes the traditional production-process approach to teaching ineffectual. The most important factor in education is what learners do. Traditionally, educators have paid more attention to teachers and teaching than to learners and learning. Emerging knowledge of how learning takes place indicates that it requires greater control and involvement by the learner. More independent learning, collaborative work by students, and diverse learning settings can increase students' involvement and success in learning. (Contains 48 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).