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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 ***** end, I would encourage *****s, including first semester freshmen, to consider every elective course ***** an opportunity to prepare them for their future. In that regard, I would counsel students ***** consider the relevance of ***** course with respect to anticipated career goals; in the case of students with little idea of the ultimate direction ***** ***** goals, I would suggest that they view every academic course as an opportunity ***** consider potential areas of related interest. ***** 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 goals.

Ideally, I hope ***** have the opportunity to incorporate elements of Gardner's Multiple Intelligence approach by introducing my ***** to ***** 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 ***** optimal settings for the fullest incorporation of ***** principles, college students can be encouraged ***** explore different types of media to help identify their greatest strengths. All too often, students never have ***** 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 *****ing untapped ***** strengths. In some cases, students would have the first opportunity to explore the potential of suspected alternate modes of ***** ***** potential for *****.

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

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

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


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