ERIC Number: EJ1076632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Anchored Learning and the Development of Creative, Critical Thinking and Life-Long Learning Skills
Peters, Robert A.
Teaching Public Administration, v33 n3 p221-240 Oct 2015
Focus groups were convened in 2005 and 2013 as the first step in successive MPA curriculum review and revision processes. Although the criteria for selecting participants and the questions posed to the groups were similar, the focus groups generated dramatically different perspectives regarding the challenges confronting administrators. An analysis indicates that the differences in focus group perspectives are a reflection of the evolving economic, political and fiscal environments. It also reinforces the need to adopt instructional strategies that cultivate the students' creative, critical thinking and life-long learning skills. Since anchored learning maximizes the probability of achieving these outcomes, this article provides three examples of implementation.
Descriptors: Public Administration Education, Masters Programs, Curriculum Evaluation, Focus Groups, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Skill Development, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Lifelong Learning, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods, Andragogy, Problem Based Learning, Economic Climate, Politics of Education, Statistical Analysis, Program Implementation
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