ERIC Number: ED414961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Paradigm Shift from Instruction to Learning. ERIC Digest.
Although most educators agree that the primary goal of education is student achievement, many believe that this goal has become incongruent with the way that educational institutions function. Community college professionals, in particular, have taken the lead in proposing a new paradigm of learning for the educational process. This digest will review the arguments and recommendations of supporters of the "learning paradigm" which involves a holistic and system-wide shift from the existing instructional paradigm to place the goal of learning first in all policies, programs, and practices. This requires the following: (1) judging institutional success in terms of the quality of student learning; (2) sharing responsibility for learning between students and colleges; (3) developing seamless delivery systems that provide access to educational services; (4) viewing the institution itself as a learner; (5) creating environments that let students discover and construct knowledge for themselves; (6) implementing new learning technologies; (7) hiring faculty whose primary responsibility is designing learning methods; (8) implementing cross- or non-disciplinary teams of specialists working to increase student competency; (9) providing individualized education that involves mastery of intellectual frameworks, rather than short-term retention; and (10) developing organizational climates that emphasize student learning. Enough challenges exist to bringing about this new paradigm, including entrenched time- and place-bound educational systems, active support for the movement among promoters of educational technology and the technology industry itself make it more likely that these reforms will be implemented. (BCY)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.