ERIC Number: EJ699755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Curricular Transformation: Why We Need It. How to Support It
Change, v36 n1 p28 Jan-Feb 2004
Despite an enormous diversity of institutional types and our historic commitment to access, there is a numbing sameness across our campuses when it comes to the actual practice of teaching and learning. Different colleges recruit different students, serve different audiences, and teach different bodies of knowledge. But they do it all using the same basic academic model. The problem is that the world we serve is changing before our eyes and the current model of education won't get us to where we need to be as a society. Our learners are changing, becoming more diverse in ethnic background, age, and participation patterns. Our capacity to support high-quality teaching and learning through use of technology and the World Wide Web is growing dramatically. And our knowledge base about how people learn is developing rapidly. The world that is emerging requires new instructional approaches, new organizational forms, and new academic cultures to meet its needs. Any one of these three forces constitutes a significant challenge to the traditional academic establishment. The interplay of all three creates an urgent dynamic that we can neither ignore nor outlast.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Internet, Educational Change, Knowledge Level, Cognitive Style, Curriculum Development, Change Strategies
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States