A Jeanne Site
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update:October 31, 1998
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Answer the following questions in 25 words or less. Readings for the issues can be found on the specified pages.
The minicourses designed interactive workshops that focussed on creating a community of learners, so that freshmen were not left on their own, but could, through the minicourses, become part of a "small community of learners who could share their stories." Community provides a sense of belonging, which is an important factor in adjusting to any new climate, such as the college campus. On our campus the Older Adult Center provides some of that community atmosphere. A community of learners helps to establish a climate of learning (Pullias) in which learning is intrinsic, or its own reward.
"When a faculty committee reworked the minicourse materials to incorporate them into year-long core courses, they erased components that emphasized students' shared dialogues, reflection on themselves as knowers, and gaining a voice. Instead, sole focus on content (albeit interdisciplinary) was reinstituted., a reminder of how difficult it is to grasp and implement ideas from a new paradigm in a setting where traditional views about teaching and learning receive unquestioning support." It is the understanding of self as a knower, a community of learners in whiich to investigate and nurture that self, that permits intrinsic motivation for learning to flourish. Motivating Students Without Grades (Alfie Kohn).
Just to help you think in this direction, try agreeing or disagreeing with the following: Then pick one or a few to explain what this means to you as a knower.
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