Whose Classroom Is It Anyway?

Written by: Candice Dowd Barnes, Ph.D. , Patricia Kohler-Evans, Ph.D.

Most would agree that the classroom is a place for discourse, reflection, and learning. But whose class is it? Who’s doing the learning? The teacher or the students? We submit it’s both—teacher and students learning from each other. Too often, faculty see themselves as the givers of information that students are there to receive. We think faculty need to be learning-followers as well as learning-leaders. And we believe students should accept both these roles as well.

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