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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 as an opportunity ***** prepare them for their future. ********** ***** regard, I would counsel students to consider the relevance of every ***** with respect to anticipated career goals; in the case of ***** ***** little idea of the ultimate direction ***** their goals, I ***** suggest that they view every academic course as an opportunity ***** consider potential areas of related *****terest. In principle, I would 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 ***** advanced educational *****.

*****deally, I hope to have the ***** to incorporate elements of Gardner's Multiple *****telligence approach by introducing my students to the concept of acquiring relevant knowledge through a broader means of information transmission than the traditional passive learning in the lecture-based model. While primary ***** secondary school are ***** optimal settings for the fullest incorporation of Gardner's principles, college students can be encouraged to explore different types of media to help identify their greatest strengths. All too often, students never have any opportunity to consider the possibility ***** 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 untapped learning strengths. In some cases, ***** ***** have the first opportunity to explore the potential ***** suspected alternate modes of instruction ***** potential ***** *****.

Likewise, I would consider allowing students to ***** 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 of learning ***** same material from audio tapes where such material exists.

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

*****, I ***** ***** most important function as an educator to be the encouragement of my ***** ***** discover their ***** learning mech*****ism, especially to the extent aspects of it lie outside the


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