ERIC Number: ED417189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Learning in 21st Century Public Schools: Andragogy as a Catalyst for Praxis.
Guffey, J. Stephen; Rampp, Lary C.
This paper discusses a praxis for increasing student learning using more andragogy-based techniques in the classroom. Today's public school students are not learning to full potential. This is due to old forms of education being used with 20th century students, teachers who still use a content-dominated curriculum, and students who come from unstable families and lack parental support in education. There are seven points upon which to construct a change praxis. These points relate to decision making and problem solving in teaching, educational tradition, changing classroom environments, teacher attitudes, teacher understanding of student behavior, and teacher ability to distinguish between personal, professional, environmental/situational, and school education positions. The paper examines three themes: (1) the extent to which school teachers manifest traditional pedagogy as their primary classroom teaching method, (2) the contextual circumstances under which teacher classroom instructional practice manifests itself regarding personal preferences, and (3) the motivational endeavors needed by classroom teachers when their personal, professional, and/or organizational attitudes compete for precedence. The paper suggests that teachers and teacher education programs should consider using andragogical classroom instructional strategies by adopting any of the many instructional models proven to work in improving student involvement, interest, and motivation for learning. (Contains 68 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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