The Trainees

Schools play a powerful role … to increase the individuality rather than a common vision … the success and individual achievement is strongly emphasized … Generally we are teaching them to be alone, to compete, to seek success … It is not that schools, as culture, not a significant source of identity, but these place greater emphasis on our individual identity, especially as it relates to our obsession with success and achievement. (Purpel 1989) According to Eduard T.

Clark, Jr (1997). learning communities are characterized by ecological principles, interdependence, diversity, partnership, co-evolution. The key elements are: 1 .- In a learning community, the curriculum is "Life in all its manifestations." 2 .- A learning community provides a supportive learning environment, responsive, with values, responsibility, and acceptance, which increases self-worth, intellectual creativity, and responsible behavior. 3 .- A learning community is designed to reflect the interests and abilities of the trainees / students 4 .- A learning community is cooperative hunting 5.-A learning community extends beyond the classroom. 6 .- In a learning community, learning is participatory and that feelings and intellect are fully involved in every facet of the learning process. 7.-A learning community is characterized by both a consequence and responsibility for 8.-A learning community provides a regular assessment, consistent and appropriate by a wide variety of feedback. 9 .- learning community is energized for a purpose, vision or shared mission. The key in these communities is cooperation rather than competition, emphasis on learning: 1) Students are responsible for their own learning, 2) learning experiences are appropriate to the needs and interests of students, 3 ) Students are actively involved in learning in a variety of groups and contexts, 4) Learning is understood, implemented, demonstrated and internalized (Cooper and Boyd, 1994).

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