ERIC Number: ED457923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Maricopa County Community Coll. District, Tempe, AZ. Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction.
The Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) intends this document to serve as a starting point for focusing on the following major themes: (1) dialogue about learning, given that changes are occurring in and around the learning process; (2) a common understanding of learning as a complex process on order to provide a framework for dialogue; and (3) understanding learning from a systems perspective in which the various components of learning cluster together and support holistic and cohesive opportunities for change. The authors contend that definitive, singular answers about learning invariably miss the mark because learning is too complex to be subjected to reductivism. The paper identifies eight characteristics of learning: (1) complex; (2) transformational; (3) natural and lifelong; (4) multi-level; (5) fundamentally personal, yet also social; (6) active and interactive; (7) measurable; and (8) greatly influenced by organizational factors, including leadership, culture, and structure. The paper concludes with questions that can be asked in order to put theory into action: How do we help faculty and others who support learning to research, develop, and/or innovate their current systems and processes to focus on learning outcomes? and How do we increase support for professional growth and employee renewal to perpetuate learning needs? (Contains 13 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maricopa County Community Coll. District, Tempe, AZ. Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction.