If learning is regarded not as the acquisition of information, but as a search for meaning and coherence in one’s life and, if an emphasis is placed on what is learned and its personal significance to the learner, rather than how much is learned, researchers would gain valuable new insights into both the mechanisms of learning and the relative advantages of teacher-controlled and learner-controlled modes of learning.

—Philip Candy (1991, P. 415)

Some years ago I was visiting with my doctor during an annual physical, and we started talking about the quality of our country’s schools and colleges. As a man concerned about public affairs, he expressed a feeling that seems to be widespread in society ...

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