ERIC Number: ED446654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Teaching and Learning: ERIC Trends, 1999-2000.
Kezar, Adrianna J.
Educational Research Information Center (ERIC) Trends are analyses of higher education literature contained in the ERIC database describing major concerns in institutional practice. Literature on teaching and learning has grown within the higher education literature base over the last decade. However, the themes are basically still the same as they were in the mid 1990s. The emphasis on interdisciplinarity and quality has decreased over the last few years, while discussions of active learning, assessment, and diversity have advanced. However, there was no theme more prevalent in the literature than technology; it comprised approximately 40% of the literature in this area. Research on active learning advocates the benefits and illustrates the positive outcomes it produces. Since diversity is one of the other major trends in issues in teaching and learning, collaborative learning is demonstrated to have great promise among educators. Research shows that being in an environment with students from diverse backgrounds increases cognitive development and critical thinking. The literature on assessment of learning focuses on how to conduct assessment at the classroom, department, institution, and state level. Alternatives to traditional grading, including student involvement in the grading process, are also being considered among researchers. The results of outcomes research on distance education and technology usage in the classroom have illustrated the value of using both technology and traditional in-person methods to have a balanced and successful experience. Service learning, learning communities, and an emphasis on the human aspect of teaching reflect a concern with the bureaucratic form of teaching that has emerged within most universities due to the tremendous growth of higher education. Active learning, service learning, learning communities, and technology are seen as the main solutions to this problem. (Contains 31 references.) (EMS)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Assessment, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Lifelong Learning, Remedial Instruction, Service Learning, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Note: For related documents, see HE 033 500-505.