Addressing Patterns of Passive Learning and Creative Dependency

By Kenneth R. Austin.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This essay discusses investigative questions concerning the possible conditions and patterns of passive learning revealed by current college students. Also, this discussion illustrates some misunderstandings of learning processes, including some deconstructive cultural dispositions of current college students. Further, this essay demonstrates a lack of inquiry-based and/or critical thinking strategies being implemented in current learning organizations and suggests that performance-based assimilation or achievement-based ideology is preferred over risk taking and creative inquiry in learning. This essay also suggests, and an assertion is made as well, that standardization and test-driven training and learning in organizations must be re-addressed, redesigned, altered, minimized, or, perhaps, must end in favor of a more liberally oriented learning format. Finally, this essay briefly explains why some of those in today’s millennium generation may be in such a state of information overload that articulating personal belief systems has become painfully difficult and is accomplished at best in fragments.

Keywords: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Standardization, Inquiry-Based Learning

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp.47-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.155MB).

Dr. Kenneth R. Austin

Assistant Professor, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Currently, I am a faculty member of a teacher preparatory program in which I teach Introduction to Pedagogy and Active Learning, and Designing a Curriculum for a Learner-Centered Classroom. Also, I teach Master level courses in Educational Philosophy, American Education History, Research in Education, and Secondary Teacher as Constructivist Leader. I was a high school teacher for 14 years before moving into higher education. In high school I taught courses in painting, traditional and digital photography, sculpture, drawing, art history, world cultures, world history, and aesthetics. This year conmpletes my 22nd year in education. I have the rare combination of having an MFA(Studio Art) and a PhD(Curriculum and Instruction), both from The University of Texas at Austin.


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