ERIC Number: ED372038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
I Want To Learn What I Want To Learn in the Way I Choose To Learn It: Using Learning Contracts.
Cristiano, Marilyn J.
Contract learning is an alternative way of structuring a learning experience. Instead of specifying how a body of content will be transmitted (content plan), it specifies how a body of content will be acquired by the learner (process plan). Students identify problems or issues that are real for them and relevant to the course at hand, state learning objectives that address attainment of knowledge and/or development of a skill, and name learning resources. Results of the learning contract demonstrate evidence of the achievement of learning objectives. This guide provides information on: (1) the theoretical foundations of contract learning; (2) developing effective learning contract assignments; (3) the instructor's role; (4) learning contracts to improve students' understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal communication; (5) an interpersonal communication evaluation form; (6) student feedback regarding the learning contract assignment; and (7) advantages of using learning contracts. A bibliography and an example of a completed learning contract written by a student including summaries of information sources, personal insights, and a follow-up action plan are appended. (LL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Experience, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Outcomes of Education, Performance Contracts, Skill Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Student Role, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association Great Ideas for Teaching Speech (G.I.F.T.S.) Community College Interest Group (February 14, 1993).