ERIC Number: ED420356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Opening Windows on Learning. The Cross Papers Number 2.
Cross, K. Patricia
This monograph is part of the League for Innovation's learning initiative aimed at assisting community colleges in developing practices, programs, and policies that place learning at the heart of the educational enterprise. It highlights key innovations in the community colleges, distilling key elements from research on learning outcomes, the cognitive process, intellectual development, and the social construction of knowledge. It begins by discussing learning and outcomes, describing various research results, and providing a list of the most widespread principles deemed useful for practice, derived from 50 years of research on improving student learning. The author underscores the importance of student involvement with the people and activities of the college for greater academic success. The author then offers suggestions for creating effective learning communities, citing a learning community at Seattle Central Community College that involves students and faculty in an integrated curriculum. Approaches on learning and process are explored, with a focus on cognitive and developmental process. The monograph concludes with a discussion on learning and social constructivism, one of the most prominent learning theories today. (Contains 31 references.) (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Community Colleges, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Research, Instructional Development, Integrated Curriculum, Intellectual Development, Learning Modalities, Learning Modules, Learning Processes, Outcomes of Education, Student College Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year Colleges
League for Innovation in the Community College, 26522 La Alameda, Suite 370, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691; fax: 949-367-2885; Web address: www.league.org ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.