Beyond Student-Centered Instruction: A Model for Teaching Learning-to-Learn Strategies

By Ronald Paige.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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We teach people to respond to short-term, fact-specific, single tasks then lament that they cannot address a new learning situation in an imaginative yet practical manner. Paying lip-service to mounting research on the complex nature of informal learning, we preach the need for enabling learning-to-learn, yet continue to model the same old teach-and-test methodologies. Drawing upon apparently opposing constructivist theories, plus his 30 years spent in business and education, the presenter has attempted to capture the entrepreneurial nature of learning into a short presentation of his award-winning research. The paper summarizes the presenter’s observations and experiences to (1) make connections with tried-and-true theories on social interaction and learning styles, such as Meyers-Briggs and Kolb’s Learning Styles; (2) explain the problems associated with contemporary content delivery and learning-to-learn instruction; and, (3) provide recommendations for strategies to encourage and enable adult learning across a lifetime. This presentation is aimed at all who are teachers or trainers, at any level, involved in either face-to-face or distance learning instruction.

Keywords: Learning-to-Learn, Self-Directed Learning, Learning-Centered, Learning Theory, Adult Learning

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.299-308. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.487MB).

Dr. Ronald Paige

Director for Instructional Technology and Media Services, Center of Emphasis for Instructional Technology, Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Ronald D. Paige has a formal education represented by a BA degree in science education, an MS in Educational Media, and a PhD in Education. Still, it is his 18 years spent in business and marketing along with the 10 years as a vocational school instructor and academic integration specialist that he credits with providing validity for his work and publications related to learning for the workplace. In 2005, Dr. Paige was awarded a Donald E. Ackerman Fellowship funding his research into how people learn in the workplace. In 2007, his work was presented the Harold Hodgkinson Award for Research Excellence, nominated for an international award through UMI, and selected for inclusion in the textbook The Teacher for the Knowledge Society. He has presented at numerous conferences across the USA on learning theory, workforce development, educational leadership, and the use of technology in training and instruction. Dr. Paige is the Director for Instructional Technology and Media Services at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN.

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