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A Paradigm Shift from Instruction to Learning. In the hearts of dedicated education professionals is the belief that the primary goal of education is student achievement. However obvious this may seem, some believe that the goal of student learning has become incongruent with the current way higher education institutions function.
A new paradigm of learning has been proposed and discussed largely among community college professionals. While there are vocal supporters of the concept of the "learning paradigm," some critics question whether it is actually a paradigm at all.
Perhaps the recommended changes could instead be simply described as reforms of the current system that lead to a greater institutional focus on student learning outcomes. Nonetheless, community college professionals interested in student learning may be informed by these recommendations, whether or not they comprise a paradigm shift.
This Digest will review the arguments and recommendations of supporters of the learning paradigm. Paradigm shifts occur when "difficulties or anomalies begin to appear in the functioning of the existing paradigm which cannot be handled adequately" and when there exists "an alternative paradigm that will account for all that the original paradigm accounts for Problems under the existing paradigm have been highlighted by a wave of criticism beginning in the s.
One such critique by the Wingspread Group identified the main issue confronting higher education as the mismatch between what American society needs and what it is receiving from the higher education system. To keep up with the acceleration of change in new information and technology, the Wingspread Group recommended that American workers be educated to levels that maximize their productivity.
Advocates of change see the present structures as inadequate to meet changes in work, knowledge, and citizenship while serving a greater number of students with diverse backgrounds and educational objectives.
Under the current system, many students are "weeded out" of higher education, and of those who do graduate many are lacking important skills Wingspread Group, The learning paradigm has been proposed as a framework or a set of principles enabling these problems to be solved.
The learning paradigm is more than incremental changes in an institution's organizational procedure or priorities. Rather, it involves a holistic and system-wide change away from the instruction paradigm and the organizational structures that reflect it. The purpose of the learning paradigm is to "place learning first in every policy, program, and practice in higher education by overhauling the traditional architecture of education" O'Banion,p.
This shift in perspective requires numerous changes: However, whether the integrative and system-wide transformation of higher education to the learning paradigm will occur is questionable since many of the traditional administrative and instructional structures are steadfast and deeply entrenched.
Dominant paradigms are not easily changed due to the fact that teachers and administrators have been trained and students have been schooled within the old paradigm Boggs, O'Banion suggests that the "key challenge for those who wish to launch learning colleges is the redesign of the current learning environment inherited from an earlier agricultural and industrial society--an environment that is time bound, place bound, efficiency bound, and role bound" p.
To wholly implement a learning-driven system, the entire structure would require reform, including: In spite of the challenges that this shift undoubtedly represents, there is a vocal and active group of supporters of the learning paradigm. For example, promoters of instructional and computer technology are advocates of reform; they are aware of how these innovations stand to play an integral role in the curriculum and pedagogy under the learning paradigm.
The private sector of the technology industry recognizes the opportunity that the learning paradigm would present for the incorporation of innovative instructional technologies.The Paradigm Shift I took that guitar student, along with several others that I had recruited and formed our program’s very first commercial music ensemble.
This group, which would eventually be known as “SoundScape”, included a drummer, singers, guitarists, a keyboardist, and a horn section. Nov 24, · The teaching fraternity in many institutions is of the opinion that no system can replace the traditional teaching learning practices. But, with the rapid adoption of technology by one and all, it could be assumed that new ways of teaching and learning could pave way for .
New Teaching Paradigms vs. Older Teaching Methods Collaborative learning is another popular and effective teaching method.
Under a collaborative system, the teacher works with the students in smaller groups so that the students are able to interact both with the material and with peers to . The oldest, and still the most powerful, teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching.
In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers. We model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions.
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A paradigm shift is taking hold in American higher education. In its briefest means or method--called "instruction" or "teaching"--and makes it the college's end or purpose. To say that the purpose of premised on the shift from teaching to learning, "the primary learning.