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Petress, Ken – Education, 2008
This article compares and contrasts active learning and passive learning. The author describes passive learning as being dependent on a teacher imparting what is to be learned, with little student involvement. Active learning, on the other hand, is a process where students take a dynamic and energetic role in their own education, thereby making…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Learning Processes, Teachers, Students
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Petress, Ken – Education, 2008
Recently, the author had cause to discuss with a group of his freshman college students the issue of reporting observed or known academic dishonesty. He was very surprised and deeply saddened by the responses most students shared with him on this issue. In short, most--80%--stated that "others' cheating was none of their business;" "It is the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cheating, Longitudinal Studies, Student Responsibility
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Petress, Ken – Education, 2007
Our education system is one of our nation's most precious resources. It is failing to recruit and retain the brightest people in the teaching profession. This article suggests two major problems that need correcting before other problems can be solved.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational Change, Higher Education, Teacher Recruitment
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Petress, Ken – Education, 2005
Academic subject selection goes beyond just deciding what is best for students to learn; factors such as school finances, staff training and skills, local traditions, and community and parental support also impact such decisions. Various subjects have had a centuries old stability in the schools such as mathematics, reading, science, English, and…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Educational Finance, Educational Benefits
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Petress, Ken – Education, 2004
Critical thinking is a pervasive academic literature term that is seldom clearly or comprehensively defined. The definitions that are available in various sources are quite disparate and are often narrowly field dependent. "Definitions tend to so broad they are not always helpful in the sense of defining a concrete entity." (1) For a term that is…
Descriptors: Definitions, Critical Thinking