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ERIC Number: EJ791246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Alignment for Learning: Reorganizing Classrooms and Campuses
Tagg, John
About Campus, v9 n2 p8-18 May-Jun 2004
Students nowadays are getting mixed messages about the meaning of education. Evidence has emerged that what colleges have been saying to students were not aligned with what colleges have been doing for students. Students found that the values that seemed to drive policy shifted from department to department, course to course, term to term. As a result, a lot of students have reflexively reverted to the lowest common denominator. They have become cynical about "academic values," not because they were born cynics, but because they have suffered from whiplash after trying to keep their eyes on the "real meaning" of all this. The only policy that made sense to them was to look past it all to what was on the other side of the mixed messages: a job. In this article, the author discusses the need for colleges and universities to align their educational policies and practices to their educational goals. The author also discusses how students tend to lose what they have learned when they pursue goals that they do not consider important and valuable for their own sake. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A