ERIC Number: ED439745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Search for the Learning-Centered College. New Expeditions: Charting the Second Century of Community Colleges. Issues Paper No. 9.
Flynn, William J.
Whether the topic is the learning revolution, a learning college for the 21st century, the learning organization, or the growth of franchised learning centers throughout the country, we are in the grip of learning mania. This issue has galvanized higher education to such an extent that suddenly it is unfashionable to mention teaching without immediately adding a reference to learning. Why is this shift happening? After centuries of respect for universities and the professorate, why is the focus now on the learner rather than on the teacher? This paper considers these questions and what they portend for the next generation of teachers--and students--in America's community colleges. The structure of a college must undergo a paradigm shift from the instruction paradigm to the learning paradigm, from being an institution that provides instruction to students to an institution that produces learning in students. This results in several benefits for the college: faculty are the designers of powerful learning environments; curriculum design is based on an analysis of what a student needs to know to function in a complex world; the college is judged not on the quality of the entering class but on the quality of the aggregate learning growth possessed by its graduates; compartmentalized departments are replaced by cross-disciplinary cooperatives; and every employee has a role to play and a contribution to make in maintaining a learner-centered environment. (Contains 18 references.) (VWC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Learner Controlled Instruction, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0311. Tel: 800-250-6557 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.aacc.nchc.edu/newexpeditions/White Paper/ learningwhite.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.