What We Can Learn from Other Colleagues in Education
| Dec 5, 2012 5:00 PM
I recently had the chance to participate in a retreat for board members of independent K-12 level schools, whose featured speaker was Pat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools. Pat made many interesting and provocative observations that are highly relevant to us.
First, Pat challenged us to consider our goals in education -- the key traits that we are aiming to nurture and grow through the educational process: what he refers to as 5 C's + 1 more:
- Collaboration: teamwork
- Critical Thinking
- Communication: written, technological, public speaking
- Character: including Caring, Compassion
- Grit, or Resilience
With these aims, he focused on what he refers to as the Six Big Shifts in how we approach education. You can hear him talk about these on YouTube.
- Knowing → Doing
- Teacher-centered → Student-centered
- Individual → Team
- Consumption of Information → Construction of Meaning
- Schools → Networks (online peers & experts)
- Single Sourcing → Crowd Sourcing
Many of the initiatives around the health sciences are clearly addressing these shifts.
- Our new medical school curriculum engages students in longitudinal care experiences starting mid first year: applying the knowing → doing principle.
- Through our hands-on learning clinical experiences across health sciences, our students shift from consuming (memorizing) information to constructing meaning from what they’ve learned.
- Our distance learning initiatives in nursing are student-centered and enable the development of new networks of students and future colleagues.
- Our interprofessional education initiatives are directly focused on transforming our siloed teaching approaches to team learning at its best.
These are just a few of the many examples of our successes achieved through embracing change. Our aim is to ensure all trainees have opportunity to participate in a fully engaged and respectful learning environment that equips them for the changing world. I challenge our community to consider more opportunities to enhance their education.
Author: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
About the Author: Dr. Vivian S. Lee is the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. Read her full bio herecomments powered by Disqus