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LEARNING-CENTERED EDUCATION PERSPECTIVE As a faculty member, I would try to incorporate learning-centered college concepts in***** my classroom as much as possible and in particularly in any manner that facilitated student motivation directly. Toward ***** end, I ***** encourage students, including first semester freshmen, to consider every elective course as an opportunity to prepare them for their future. *****n that regard, I would counsel students ***** consider the relev*****ce of ***** ***** with respect to anticipated career goals; in the case of students with little idea of the ultimate direction ***** their goals, I would suggest that they view every academic course as an opportunity to 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 or advanced educational *****.

*****deally, I hope ***** have the ***** to incorporate elements of Gardner's Multiple *****telligence approach by introducing ***** students ***** 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 *****ten, ***** never have ***** opportunity to ***** 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 unt*****pped learning strengths. In some *****s, ***** would have the first opportunity to explore the potential ***** suspected alternate modes of ***** ***** potential ***** *****.

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

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

Ultimately, I view my most important function as an educator to be the encouragement of my ***** ***** discover ***** ***** learning mechanism, especially to ***** extent aspects of it lie outside the


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