Re: Intro -- Thomas A. Lifvendahl LO18

Dr. Ivan Blanco (BLANCO@BU4090.BARRY.EDU)
Sun, 5 Feb 1995 11:00:02 -0500 (EST)

> Date: Wed, 01 Feb 95 08:46 CST
> Subject: Intro -- Thomas A. Lifvendahl
> This is to introduce myslef to the list. I am a doc student
> in adult education who is co-teaching a graduate course on
> leadership wherein we are critically analyzing the learning
> organization via the lense of adult learning, theory and
> practice. Our core book is Senge's Fieldbook. We are
> working as a class to "determine the efficacy of this
> approach to management in the domain of higher education.
> Adult Education's unique ability to contribute to
> enhancing this concept will be explored." I am interested
> in others on this list who would like to explore learning
> organizations from the unique perspective of adult ed.
> I look forward to exchanging views on this list.
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

In my own experience, I deal with all college students as ADULTS.
I recognize that there might be some differences between day and evening
students in terms of age, family status, work experiences, etc. Howvere,
if we want to make the classroom into a learning experience, we must also
recongnize that day students have a lot to contribute to the classroom
interaction. Treating the evening students as adults, and the day
students as "non-adults" invites faculty and administrataors to deal with
day students as if they were still elementary school kids. Some of them
might be, but I have had a lot of fun learning and sharing with my day
students. It is amazing the kind of contribtions they make, if given the

So, for me adult aducation applies to all students in college, who
should take resonsibility for their own learning. My principle is that
students (specially in college) cannot be taught anything; they must learn
everything under the facilitating job of the professor. From my own
experience, agian, I don't see any differences in effort and intensity in
the contributions of day as opposed to evening stduents. The major
difference, probably teh only one, is that of work experience!

A learning classroom can exist with either group of students, it
all depends on the professor!


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