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ERIC Number: ED437100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 18
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The Learning College--An Oxymoron?
Robles, Harriett J.
One of the current trends in California community colleges is an increased emphasis on learning. This study focuses on personnel at colleges that have embraced the goal of becoming learning-centered institutions and poses the question: How are faculty, staff, and administrators prepared to achieve this goal? The study included a review of the mission statements and human resource development plans of 106 colleges, six of which were selected for qualitative case studies. Forty interviews were conducted with college personnel. Questions included: (1) How has the college defined the concept or goal of a learning college? (2) What activities has the college undertaken to achieve this goal? (3) What are the skills faculty and staff need to reach this goal? (4) What activities have been provided to prepare personnel to be members of a learning college? Major findings include: (1) colleges believe that the principal goal is success in student learning; (2) colleges appear to be shifting from the instructional to the learning paradigm; (3) colleges are excellent incubators for personal mastery; (4) colleges are well positioned to develop learning organization skills; and (5) lack of mechanisms to provide reinforcing feedback is the weakest link for colleges attempting to become more learning-centered. The author makes eight recommendations for becoming a learning-centered college. (Contains 31 references.) (RDG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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