On the 12th of October, professor William Sullivan held the lecture “The Power of Integrated Learning” at HiOA. In this lecture, Prof. Sullivan took his most recent work as a starting point. Sullivan has extensive experience supporting the development of professional education through his work at the Carnegie Foundation, and in his latest book he presents a higher education model that prepares the students to succeed in an era of dynamic changes. For a summary of the lecture, scroll down.
Skrevet av Susana Vilhena
1.The NAC&U organization – Background and goals:
- NAC&U (The new American Colleges and Universities) was created after a conference in 1995. Boyer, the president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, argued that it was important to the future of HE in the USA to create an organization that claimed the distinctive idea of American HE.
- The American education was characterized by a blend of 3 things: liberal education, professional studies and civic engagement.
- The purpose of the organization would be to integrate all parts of campus life: recruitment, orientation, curriculum, teaching, residence halls, etc. I.e. a holistic perspective.
- Background for the organization in the American context: The debates in the USA about HE in the last 25 years have been manly characterized by the three following agendas: Work force development, critical thinking and traditionally liberal arts (inspired of the European/German buildung, emphasizing the more outgoing, civic, democratic role)
2. What the universities need in order to develop integrated educations is:
- Courses of study that integrate the broad aims of the liberal arts, development of professional competence and a sense of civic responsibility
- Practices of teaching and learning that engage and promote student learning through employment of high-impact practices tested by research
- Campus community climate characterized by inclusive yet demanding expectations shared among students and faculty that support healthy relationships and personal growth
- Cultivation of relationships between campus and the larger community and world to support educational experiences that enhance students’ professional and career developments, commitment to civic partnership and service to the world.
- Engagement with new material; teaching and climate, i.e. general norms, that stimulates challenges and support; learning also depends on engagement and deep emotional involvement (by the students), imagination and perseverance.
You can find more information about the book “The power of intergrated learning” here.
Her kan du lese intervju med Sullivan om hvilke utfordringer profesjonsutdanningene står ovenfor.