ERIC Number: ED505886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Power Teaching Prototype: New Paradigm Education at Edward Waters College. Occasional Paper #7
Fluellen, Jerry Ellsworth, Jr.
Since, its early development in our nation's capital, the Power Teaching Prototype (PTP) has evolved to connect three factors likely to characterize 21st Century teaching and learning. Teaching for understanding requires a clear method of designing instruction and a simple, yet powerful, way of delivering. For the design of instruction, Harvard University Project Zero Research Center's teaching for understanding (TfU) framework stands out for its collaboration between top teachers and selected researchers. Howard Gardner's MI approached (based on his multiple intelligences theory) provides a way of delivering student centered instruction. Thus, the first factor of PTP combines design and delivery. In turn, the second factor is information literacy. The core definition of information literacy draws on a 1989 Presidential report which said that information literate people can locate, evaluate, and create information. Information literacy extends teaching for understanding with the use of appropriate technology. Lastly, the third factor is Howard Gardner's five minds for the future. Gardner asserts that five minds are likely to need full development in schools and workplaces: his quintet of minds are the disciplined mind, synthesizing mind, creating mind, respectful mind, and ethical mind. Developing this set of capacities provides ample opportunities for assessing performances of understanding over time. The interaction of the three factors equals leverage for learning in a "flat world." From a systems perspective, Asa Hilliard's "Sba" (deep thought) may be one emergent property. On the one hand, power teaching becomes a way of creating scenarios about the future of Edward Waters College. On the other hand, PTP becomes a way of designing "Theories of Learning," a psychology seminar, one allowing students to experience new paradigm practices even as they study multiple views of human learning.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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