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The Growth of Learning Colleges Including a Case Study from 2008 Revisited in 2015

The Growth of Learning Colleges Including a Case Study from 2008 Revisited in 2015
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Author(s): Martha Ann Davis McGaw (Davis McGaw Family Foundation, USA)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 25
Source title: Handbook of Research on Applied Learning Theory and Design in Modern Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Elena A. Railean (European University of Moldova, Moldova), Gabriela Walker (University of South Dakota, USA), Atilla Elçi (Hasan Kalyoncu University, Turkey) and Liz Jackson (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9634-1.ch025


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In 1981, the National Commission on Excellence in Education identified “widespread public perception that something is seriously remiss in our educational system” (Fiske, 2008). Thirty years later, in 2011, Harvard School of Education's Pathways to Prosperity Project states “In an era in which education has never been more important to economic success, the U.S. has fallen behind many other nations in educational attainment and achievement.” Learning-centered learning is not a new concept, with roots dating back to the progressive movement of early 1900's, gaining prominence in post-modern education with Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. A major focus of applied learning theory in post-modern education is preparing learners for a profession, a basis for achieving economic independence. This chapter identifies higher education institutions in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain highlighting methodologies, best practices, challenges. Two community college case studies are reviewed, identifying successes and opportunities of current learning practices.

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