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How can we best engage college students in the idea of learning instead of just getting a degree?

I work at a 4 year, public university and I see a great deal of students who come to school to get their degree (which they equate to money/success) and do not care about learning. What are your thoughts on the best way to engage them in the actual process of learning. I have my thoughts, but would love to hear my fellow TEDsters thoughts.


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  • Mar 18 2013: Learning includes three areas. In simple language we may say, the areas are: knowledge (cognitive), skills, and developing good attitudes or empathy for the sufferings of people. When you say college students, they are adults and there is a need for applying andragogy principles for teaching. Further learning atmosphere, facilities for extra curricular activities both at college & out side should available. Proper guidance, counselling, mentoring is necessary. We can not put all blames on one group or class of our population. This topic is not for just debate. Everyone has a responsibility. It is constant job to be done.

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