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ERIC Number: EJ791380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Emanation and Generation
Mitchell, Randy L.
About Campus, v11 n5 p29-30 Nov-Dec 2006
Higher education is--or should be--a caring, helping profession but education practitioners and decision makers sometimes confuse caring "about" students with caring "for" students. Colleges and universities often take good care of students but consequently do not require or allow students to become competent, productive contributors to their communities, workplaces, and families. Educators do students a disservice when caring for students precludes students from taking responsibility. Caring about students without becoming their caretakers centers on the difference between "generation" and "emanation." The difference is that the focus of generation is on the recipient of the programs and services (students), while the focus of emanation is on the provider of the programs and services (practitioner). Although emanation has its place, the ultimate goal of higher education should be generation. Generation requires a transformation from being a student-centered organization to becoming a learning-centered organization. The difference may be subtle yet critical. A student-centered organization can all too easily focus on taking care of students, which results in reliance rather than self-reliance. A learning-centered organization involves all constituents in the generation of programs and services designed to produce learning and personal development. To help students reach their educational goals, faculty and staff should take steps to transform programs and services to make them more generative. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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