Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning / Edition 1

Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning / Edition 1

by Peter Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0470538074

ISBN-13: 9780470538074

Pub. Date: 02/02/2010

Publisher: Wiley

Statistics reveal that within ten years, less than 20 percent of all ninth graders in the United States will have earned an associate's degree. To remain competitive in the global marketplace, we must dramatically increase our success rates in higher education and bring millions of people from the margins of America's economy into the mainstream.

In this timely

Overview

Statistics reveal that within ten years, less than 20 percent of all ninth graders in the United States will have earned an associate's degree. To remain competitive in the global marketplace, we must dramatically increase our success rates in higher education and bring millions of people from the margins of America's economy into the mainstream.

In this timely book, Peter Smith challenges us to adopt a radically new understanding of effective teaching and learning for today's students. Throughout Harnessing America's Wasted Talent, Smith defines and describes innovative thinking about the current causes for our schools' failings and discusses how these failures have profound and far-reaching social, civic, and economic consequences.

Harnessing America's Wasted Talent suggests three critical ways that traditional colleges block access to opportunity for students and ultimately waste their talent. First, our colleges employ a teaching-learning model which favors one dominant learning style, one resource allocation template, and one attendance pattern over other effective models. Second, institutions are reluctant to validate and recognize learning that occurs outside of college. Finally, Smith posits that transfer policies that consistently discount earned credit from other qualified sources add time, costs, and frustration to degree attainment.

In the final chapters of this much-needed resource, Smith introduces a new paradigm that uses technology and online tools to capitalize on the capacity of every learner and personalize education to meet their needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470538074
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Part One: The Law of Thirds.

1 Wasted Talent.

2 Maxed Out: Why Colleges Can't Meet This Challenge.

3 The Paradox of Personal Learning.

Part Two: Dangerous Conceits.

4 Different Strokes for Different Folks.

5 Learning Is More Than “Strictly Academic”.

6 You Can't Get There from Here.

Part Three: From Access to Success: A New Ecology of Learning.

7 The End of Scarcity: Education's Emerging Long Tail.

8 Game Changers: New Media and the Open Education Resource Movement.

9 Reaching the Middle Third: Talent-Friendly Colleges for the Twenty-First Century (C21Cs).

Conclusion: A New Ecology of Learning.

Resources.

References.

Index.

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