Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Teaching, Learning.Or Educating

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Teaching, Learning.Or Educating

Article excerpt

With all the discussion regarding moving the focus from teaching to learning in the current efforts at educational reform, educator and author Chad M. Hanson questions whether or not the real goal is being lost. "The discussion that surrounds the move from teaching to learning may be based on both questionable assumptions about the goals of higher education and a limited understanding of the classroom experience" (p. 1).

Hanson points out his observation that the word education appears to be absent from exchanges on the topic of a learning revolution. He cites "two notable examples" of published pieces which he believes may demonstrate this misplaced focus: one by Robert Barr and John Tagg and a second by Terry O'Banion. Barr and Tagg argue that the current educational paradigm mistakes the "means" of instruction or teaching for the end purpose of a college. However, Hanson claims he has not found a college or university that promotes teaching for its own sake in his visits to 2- and 4-year institutions across the nation. "Each one treats the production of educated students as a primary goal and teaching as a means, often a partial one, to those ends" (p. 1).

Hanson also outlines O'Banion's alternative perspective which examines the weaknesses of education being bound to limited time and space (classes and campuses). …

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