Graduate Research

Beyond The Classroom: An Exploratory Study Of Non-instructional Applications Of The Let Me Learn Process®,

by Hersh, Susan, M.S., Rowan University, 2007

Abstract

The intention of this study was to explore non-instructional applications of the Let Me Learn Process® of nine individuals who held leadership positions at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. The study examined recurring themes that may warrant further research. Data were collected via in-person interviews. The interview schedule consisted of seven questions and the researcher encouraged each participant to share specific examples and personal stories regarding his/her first-hand use of the Let Me Learn Process® outside the classroom. The researcher identified common themes among participants included use with teamwork, collaboration and communication. Data analysis also suggested a positive correlation between exposure to the Let Me Learn Process® and applications in family and personal life, especially use with a spouse, child, or grandchild. In addition, nearly all participants discussed the connection between the Let Me Learn Process® to self-reflection and self-worth. In regards to the application to supervisory or managerial tasks, there emerged negligible statistical significance.

Vee Heuristics, Concept Mapping and Learning Patterns in Environmental Education: Merging Metacognitive Tools and Learning Processes to improve facilitation of learning with primary school children.

by Vanhear, Jacqueline, M.Ed., University of Malta, 2006.

Abstract

Children are nowadays showered with information and knowledge about environmental issues; however, this is very rarely transformed into concerned action. Researchers in Environmental Education reveal that rather than knowledge, important determinants of commitment include feelings, psychological factors and active participation while learning. Therefore, the misconception that the transmission of knowledge would be sufficient to trigger off an attitude of responsible environmental action has evolved into something more complex where what matters is not what knowledge is delivered but how it is delivered and experienced. This study describes the merging of Veeheuristics and Concept Mapping with an advanced learning system, the Let Me Learn Process® to capture the learner uses of metacognitive skills during an extant learning event.

The significance of this study lies in the manner in which it lays open for the teacher the mind operations of the learner thereby equipping the teacher to better mentor and coach the growth and development of the learner rather than shape the learner through a one-size fits all learning environment as is too often the case in traditional schooling. This study suggests that the use of Vee Heuristics and Concept Mapping along with an awareness of how the child prefers to learn may be a step forward towards tapping in the child’s internal talking. This would enable educators to understand how each learner responds to incoming information in order that learning about environmental issues becomes relevant, meaningful and which may in the long run contribute to an improved environmental responsible behavior.