What is meant by engaged learning?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on June 14, 2018 - 8:38pm
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I came across this article about student engagement. The article, by author Stephen Bowen, begins with "Engagement is increasingly cited as a distinguishing characteristic of the best learning in American higher education today. Vision statements, strategic plans, learning outcomes, and agendas of national reform movements strive to create engaged learning and engaged learners. Despite this emerging emphasis, an explicit consensus about what we actually mean by engagement or why it is important is lacking. Is engagement an end in itself, or a means to other ends? Is engagement as important as other characteristics of a good education such as intentionality, balanced breadth and depth, complexity, multidisciplinarity, integration, and contextual awareness? And, while we are asking questions, perhaps we should begin by asking--Engagement with what?"
So, what does engagement in adult education mean? How do we know we have achieved it? And is engagement really important?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and definition.