ERIC Number: ED434414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Student Involvement in the Learning Process: Three Successful Strategies. Turning Points: Recommendations into Action.
Hackmann, Donald G.; Valentine, Jerry W.
This monograph, the second in a series intended as a resource for middle-level leaders, highlights three successful approaches that support student involvement in learning: problem-based learning, service learning, and student-led conferencing. Each approach is reported to have its roots in constructivism, which allows students to apply classroom content to real-world situations and then to reflect on what they have learned. The text defines problem-based learning, describes how it is applied in the classroom, and offers suggestions for designing a problem-based learning experience. It outlines the framework for problem-based learning, which includes meeting the problem, defining the problem, gathering the facts, hypothesizing, researching, rephrasing the problem, generating alternatives, advocating solutions, and assessing student performance. The volume also defines service learning and includes an overview of the benefits of service learning, namely, the promotion of academic learning, personal development, civic responsibility, and community benefits. It shows how to design a service-learning program, which includes selecting a project, aligning goals, and promoting student reflection. The final approach, student-led conferences, features an exposition of the benefits of student-led conferences, such as parent and teacher benefits. Ways in which student-led conferencing can function in practice are detailed. (Contains 33 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.