Teaching Today’s Students How to Learn Students enrolled in college today are, in many respects, quite different from students enrolled a few decades ago. Learners today seem more focused on being credentialed and less concerned with gaining a deep understanding of the principles taught in their courses. Faculty may find it challenging to provide engaging ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Teaching Today’s Students How to Learn
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Saundra Y. McGuire
    Center for Academic Success Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Dennis A. Williams
    Minority Educational Affairs and Academic Services Department of English, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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Article   |   October 01, 2002
Teaching Today’s Students How to Learn
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2002, Vol. 5, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ihe5.2.3
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2002, Vol. 5, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ihe5.2.3
Students enrolled in college today are, in many respects, quite different from students enrolled a few decades ago. Learners today seem more focused on being credentialed and less concerned with gaining a deep understanding of the principles taught in their courses. Faculty may find it challenging to provide engaging learning activities for this generation of students. However, educators must instill in students a desire to think critically and provide them with strategies that will make them more efficient learners. This can be done if both faculty and students understand the nature of the learning process and are equipped with strategies to increase the amount of meaningful learning, as opposed to rote memorization that often takes place in university courses.
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