Attributes of the Ideal in Higher Education Research Paper by Nicky

This paper investigates the question of "What is an ideal education," and examines a number of sources deemed critical to learning and higher education.
# 145966 | 1,950 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 10, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Adult Education)


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In trying to answer the question of what is an ideal education the paper discusses similarities between higher education and corporate learners. The paper focuses on the point that no universally accepted theory or model of learning currently exists and discusses four of the more recognized models. A discussion of how adults learn and using a blended system of learning is also included. The paper concludes by discussing the Information Processing approach as a method of teaching in the modern society.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Literature Review
Learning Theories
How Adults Learn
Blended Learning
Considerations

From the Paper:

"Karen Paisley, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, Nathan Furman, a doctoral student in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, Jim Sibthorp, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, and John Gookin, (2008), the Curriculum Director for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming assert that no universally accepted theory or model of learning currently exists. Several of the more recognized learning theories and models, albeit include:
1. Social learning theory...places a premium on learning through modeling and observation of role models. (Paisley et al., 2008, 3)
2. Schema theory basically purports: "All knowledge is organizedinto units. Within these units of knowledge, or schemata, is stored information (Schema Theory, N.d., p. 1)
3. Information processing emphasises, but is not limited to:
the importance of meaning and context in learning,
the key role of prior knowledge in learning,
the need for meaningful feedback,
the need for knowledge to be available in an integrated form.... (Information processing N.d.)
4. Constructivism...embraces the idea of mentoring and participant construction of meaning (Paisley et al., 2008, 3)
Paisley et al. (2008) examine the process through which outdoor learning occurs, yet stress that leaning may occur in any setting. Findings from the study by Paisley et al, although based on the students' responses prove cconsistent with grounded theory, an emergent research process with a number of similarities to action research. "Grounded theory research begins by focusing on an area of study and gathers data from a variety of sources, including interviews and field observations. ...The data are analyzed using coding and theoretical sampling procedures" (Haig, 1996-2004, 2). When these steps are completed, with the help of interpretive procedures, theories are generated, written up and presented."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Columbia World of Quotations. (1996). Columbia University Press. New York. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from www.bartleby.com/66/.
  • Haig, Brian D. (1996-2004). Grounded theory as scientific method. University of Canterbury. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arp/grounded.html Becirovic, Selma.( 2004, March 4). The ideal education for me (Editorial). The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY). The Herald Co. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-113912156.html
  • Information processing . (N.d.). State of New South Wales through the Department of Education and Training and Charles Sturt University. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from http://hsc.csu.edu.au/pro_dev/teaching_online/how_we_learn/information.html
  • Mannone, Marty. (2005). Understanding how adults learn. San Fernando Valley Business Journal. CBJ, L.P. 2005. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-127622860.html Masie, Elliott. (2003). Across the moat: higher education e-learning: lowering the drawbridge to connect corporate learners with higher education. Learning and Training Innovations. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-113055263.html
  • Paisley, Karen, Furman, Nathan, Sibthorp, Jim, & Gookin, John. (2008). Student learning in outdoor education: A case study from the National Outdoor Leadership School. The Journal of Experiential Education. Association for Experiential Education Iris Ave Boulder Co. Retrieved January 31, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1482648161.html

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