ERIC Number: ED409042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
A Learning College for the 21st Century.
O'Banion, Terry, Ed.
This monograph reviews the emerging emphasis on learning in education and the development of the concept of "learning colleges," providing specific case studies of reform efforts at community colleges. Following introductory materials, chapters 1-6, all authored by Terry O'Banion discuss the following: Chapter 1 discusses the wave of educational reform arising from the 1983 publication, "A Nation at Risk," analyzing the general failure of these reforms and problems associated with the traditional time-, place-, efficiency-, and role-bound architecture of education. Chapter 2 reviews a second reform movement, stemming from the early 1990s, which emphasizes learning in the educational process. This chapter also discusses pressures resisting this change and those forcing a focus on learning. Chapter 3 illustrates the foundations of the current emphasis on learning in earlier reform movements and proposes a new model of a learning college, or an institution designed to help students make passionate connections to learning. Chapters 4 and 5 focus on the potential role of technology in creating learning colleges and describe how recent progress in learning research and outcomes measures can be applied to help build such organizations. Chapters 6 through 11 describe efforts to become more learning-centered at the following six community colleges: Sinclair Community College (Ohio) (by David H. Ponitz), Jackson Community College (Florida) (by Lee Howser and Carol Schwinn), Lane Community College (by Jerry Moskus) (Oregon), the Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona) (by Paul A. Elsner), Palomar College (California) (by George R. Boggs and Diane G. Michael), and the Community College of Denver (Colorado) (by Byron McClenney). Finally, chapter 12 (Terry O'Banion offers a practical guide for community colleges interested in launching learning college initiatives of their own. (TGI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Methods, Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Learning, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 ($27.50).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.