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ERIC Number: EJ791236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Why Learn? What We May "Really" Be Teaching Students
Tagg, John
About Campus, v9 n1 p2-10 Mar-Apr 2004
What are colleges for? What are they supposed to do? Are educators teaching their students how to grub for grades or how to learn in deep lasting ways? These are just some of the questions that the author attempts to explore in this article. An unbiased observer, looking at any organization, would look to its core processes, what its members do, what they get paid for, what it documents and records, and what criteria it uses for changing the way it does things. Colleges, judged by the same standards and by the evidence of their own documentation, aim to have people take classes. What are the classes for? There are a lot of potentially good answers to that question, but most undergraduate colleges do not preserve any information about those answers. What they do preserve--the almost exclusive documentation of their work that survives the class itself--is grades and transcripts. In this article, the author offers a disturbing glimpse at a superficial approach learning institutions may be fostering. He also offers a reflective assessment of a deep approach waiting to be nurtured. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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