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Education - Statement

LEARNING*****CENTERED EDUCATION PERSPECTIVE As a f*****culty member, I would try to incorporate learning-centered college concepts into my classroom as much as possible and in particularly in any manner that facilitated student motivation directly. Toward that end, I would encourage students, including first semester freshmen, to consider every elective course ***** an opportunity to prepare them for their future. In ***** regard, I would counsel students ***** consider the relev*****ce of ***** ***** with respect to anticipated career goals; in the case of ***** with little idea of the ultimate direction ***** their goals, I would suggest that they view every academic course as an opportunity to ***** potential areas of related *****terest. ***** principle, I ***** caution against selecting courses without at least some very general idea of what relevance or potential relevance it may have with respect to future professional or advanced educational goals.

Ideally, I hope to have the opportunity ***** incorporate elements of Gardner's Multiple Intelligence approach by introducing my students to the concept of acquiring relevant knowledge through a bro*****der means of information transmission than the traditional passive learning in the lecture-based model. While primary ***** secondary school are the optimal settings for the fullest incorporation of Gardner's principles, college students can be *****d to explore different types ***** media ***** help identify their greatest strengths. All too often, students never have ***** opportunity to consider the possibility that alternate modes of instruction might increase their retention. For example, I would encourage students to propose alternate sources of comparable subject matter as a ***** of identifying unt*****pped learning strengths. In some cases, ***** ***** have the first opportunity to explore the potential ***** suspected alternate ***** of instruction ***** potential ***** them.

*****, I would consider allowing students ***** ***** a legitimate video-based documentary on a topic ordinarily presented through traditional textbook and lecture presentation about Cold War geopolitics could substitute a qualifying video documentary in preparation for objective tests. Other students ***** wish to explore the prospect ***** learning the same material from audio tapes where such ***** exists.

In my opinion, the ********** of such an approach within the ***** environment is twofold: (1) it stimulates exploration capable of revealing greater ***** potential than achievable for particular students through the more lim*****ed traditional approach, ***** (2) it could conceivably help students whose mediocre academic performance belies their raw intelligence, as measured by diagnostic intelligence testing. In my humble *****, the near-exclusive focus ***** traditional education on textbook-based learning allows a substantial number of ***** with considerable intellectual ***** ***** fall through the proverbial cracks ***** the modern *****al system. In many cases, students fail to reach their academic potential by virtue of their greater relative ability to learn ***** ***** modes of instruction and ***** of practical experience.

*****, I ***** my most important function as an educa*****r to be the encouragement of my students to discover *****ir optimal learning mech*****ism, especially to the extent aspects ***** it lie outside the


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