LEARNER-CENTERED OUTCOMES IN SUBJECT-CENTERED INSTITUTIONS: Metaphors for Muggle Learning
Leon.Fulcher@zu.ac.ae - Zayed University, Abu Dhabi
Vol 1, June 2004
Learner-centered education faces many challenges when introduced to university centers where faculty socialization into subject-centered teaching is the dominant ethos. Three warning metaphors drawn from the literature of J K Rowling are used to illuminate challenges associated with learner-centered education. The first metaphor focuses attention on ways in which institutional structures in disciplinary education are frequently altered confronting faculty and students with organizational turbulence. The second metaphor warns that individual learners easily distracted from family and personal career goals. The final metaphor highlights ways in which learning - to be of value to students - requires personal ownership and fit.
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