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Facilitation Of Critical Learning Theory In Design Engineering And International Manager Development Using Web Based Training Course

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.261.1 - 4.261.7

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Hamid Khan

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Session 2260

Facilitation of Critical Learning Theory in Design Engineering and International Manager Development Using Web-based Training Course

Hamid Khan East Carolina University School of Industry and Technology Greenville, NC 27858

Abstract As the world is getting smaller due to the impact of global technology, the process of education is getting more effective due to the internet. But the question is, ‘is it serving the customers—the managers of the international community in their professional development to be up to date in knowledge and skills required of them at present to be globally competitive?’ Are they getting state of the art education, by their own volition and choice, which is truly learner centered? Is the system of acquiring the knowledge and skills defensible by the paradigms of andragogy (the art and science of facilitating adult learning)? Which view does this form of education subscribe to in regard to educational program evaluation and effectiveness-- (1) The Natural Scientific View (2) The Interpretive View or (3) The Critical View? What is the application of one recommended view for the practice of education? What is the defensibility of such a promise? One course that has been exclusively designed for international manager development is put to test and its value and effectiveness is evaluated from different measurable outcomes of the internet-based course. Introduction The word "Andragogy" means "learner centered education". But it is not found in the dictionary yet, although it was coined and set forth by the adult learning expert Knowles in 1968. As opposed to pedagogy, the andragogical aspect of learning treatment is effective because it is learner centered and because the learner is self-motivated and driven to learn. The system of Andragogy as improved by Knowles (1980, 1984) represents a well-developed conceptual link between adult development and learner centered education. We can try to connect all the links through important learning processes and experiences virtually by linking important learner centered lesson plans as a simulation of the actual learning milestones.

Learner Centered Education and Personal Growth Thinkers associated with personal growth share the belief that tends to focus on the individual more than curriculum per se. An orientation to personal growth is closely associated with what Elias and Merriam (1980) call ‘humanism’. Humans have the ability to choose; choice implies that learners are responsible for their own actions. The objective of

Khan, H. (1999, June), Facilitation Of Critical Learning Theory In Design Engineering And International Manager Development Using Web Based Training Course Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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