Learning Centered College Statement

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As a faculty member, I would try to incorporate learning-centered college

concepts into my classroom as much as possible and in particularly in any manner that

facilitated student motivation directly. Toward that end, I would encourage students,

including first semester freshmen, to consider every elective course as an opportunity to

prepare them for their future. In that regard, I would counsel students to consider the

relevance of every course with respect to anticipated career goals; in the case of students

with little idea of the ultimate direction of their goals, I would suggest that they view

every academic course as an opportunity to consider potential areas of related interest. In

principle, I would caution against selecting courses without at least some very general

idea of what relevance or potential relevance it may have with respect to future

professional or advanced educational goals.

Ideally, I hope to have the opportunity to incorporate elements of Gardner's

Multiple Intelligence approach by introducing my students to the concept of acquiring

relevant knowledge through a broader means of information transmission than the

traditional passive learning in the lecture-based model. While primary and secondary

school are the optimal settings for the fullest incorporation of Gardner's principles,

college students can be encouraged to explore different types of media to help identify

their greatest strengths. All too often, students never have any opportunity to consider

the possibility that alternate modes of instruction might increase their retention. For

example, I would encourage students to propose alternate sources of comparable subject

matter as a means of identifying untapped learning strengths. In some cases, students

would have the first opportunity to explore the potential of suspected alternate modes of

instruction with potential for them.

Likewise, I would consider allowing students to propose a legitimate video-based

documentary on a topic ordinarily presented through traditional textbook and lecture

presentation about Cold War geopolitics could substitute a qualifying video documentary

in preparation for objective tests. Other students may wish to explore the prospect of

learning the same material from audio tapes where such material exists.

In my opinion, the benefits of such an approach within the learning-centered

environment is twofold: (1) it stimulates exploration capable of revealing greater

academic potential than achievable for particular students through the more limited

traditional approach, and (2) it could conceivably help students whose mediocre

academic performance belies their raw intelligence, as measured by diagnostic

intelligence testing. In my humble opinion, the near-exclusive focus of traditional

education on textbook-based learning allows a substantial number of students with

considerable intellectual potential to fall through the proverbial cracks of the modern

educational system. In many cases, students fail to reach their academic potential by

virtue of their greater relative ability to learn through different modes of instruction and

elements of practical experience.

Ultimately, I view my most important function as an educator to be the

encouragement of my students to discover their optimal learning mechanism, especially

to the extent aspects of it lie outside the traditional focus of academic instruction. If I am

fortunate enough to fill a faculty position at Waubonsee Community College, I hope to

stimulate my students to understand how they learn as a method of increasing their

retention of what they learn.


League for Innovation in the Community College Homepage. Retrieved October 6,

2008, from: www.league.org/league/projects/lcp/index.htm[continue]

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