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ERIC Number: ED433868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-10
Pages: 11
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Policy Governance--An Example of the Learning Paradigm in Action.
Green, D. Wayne
This essay describes benefits of the Learning Paradigm and discusses policy governance as an example of this paradigm. In education, the current dominant paradigm is known as the "Instruction Paradigm." According to this paradigm, instructors should serve to transfer information and offer some practice using this information in such a manner that allows acquisition of material. Information presented in the proper manner will bring about a "paradigm shift" on the part of the student. The problem with the Instruction Paradigm is that students are not able to give meaning successfully to new information because the information is outside their current realm of thinking. In contrast, the "Learning Paradigm" described by Robert Barr and John Tagg suggests that instructors should have a more hands-off approach. Instructors should create learning environments and situations that will elicit student self-learning and development of knowledge. In the Policy Governance model employed by many community college boards, the board members primarily develop the organizational mission and operating policies. The CEO is responsible for implementing policies and managing the organization. Policy Governance is a type of Learning Paradigm since the board (like the instructor), should oversee goals but allow the CEO (like the student) to develop solutions through independent actions. The appendix contains a comparison of the two educational paradigms from "Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education" (Barr and Tagg). (RDG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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