We come to the last discussion of MaryEllen Weimer’s book Learner Centered Teaching.

In the last section Implementing the Learner Centered Approach Weimer considers whys and ways people are resistant to the ideas she has presented. I like this as she deals with the issue indirectly that some environments have a learning culture while others have an indoctrination culture. The quick ways to tell which is which in my mind is to ask a question “You have just been told something that seems important but you are not sure if it is true. What do you do?” If the person decides to find out the truth someway then there is a good chance they are not part of an indoctrinating culture. Many years ago a friend of mine was part of a cult. I met her when she came out of it and she had left because they were not willing to have questions asked.

The issues that Weimer raises are solid but the best volleys are aimed at faculty. “Even faculty who care about teaching pay a dismaying lack of scholarly, intellectual attention to it. We devalue teaching practive by failing to do the kind of homework needed yo make us informed practitioners. Our knowledge base rests almost exclusively on our individual experience and the equally uninformed reflections of colleagues.” (p. 192)

The reflections on personal learning styles and the “stopic, macho toughness” towards lecturer evaluation I can relate to. The site Weimer recommends has moved but can now be found at http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire

As I expected this book has impacted me. I am in the process of outlining how I expect my Hermeneutics class will look for first semester this year but now with this book and a few other tools it will be more of a learning environment where the students who learn, and learn to learn will do well.