Teaching and Learning Philosophy

The faculty of Platt College believe our program serves adult learners who are internally motivated and self-directed, bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences, and are goal and relevancy oriented (Teaching Excellence in Adult Learning Center, 2011).  We also believe that adult learners can have a variety of learning styles which are dynamic by nature and influenced by past education, work, and context.  As adult learners aspiring to join the profession of nursing, students must actively engage in learning that fosters critical thinking and the following “habits of the mind: confidence, contextual perspective, creativity, flexibility, inquisitiveness, intellectual integrity, intuition, open-mindedness, perseverance, and reflection” (Billings & Halstead, 2009, p. 239). These habits are essential for nursing practice which requires the “cognitive skills of analyzing, applying standards, discriminating, information seeking, logical reasoning, predicting, and transforming knowledge “(Billings & Halstead, 2009, p. 239). Faculty are facilitators of active learning (guides on the side) who strive to instill a passion for life-long learning, personal accountability, critical reflection, and mastery of student learning outcomes in a manner that transitions from simple to complex.