Personal Views On Personal Interests

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The thought of incorporating personal interests in traditional academic studies is certain to conjure images of an exciting and creative learning environment. These images can leave individuals with a different perception of what true academic structure may be. For American author Gerald Graff, re-developing traditional academic courses to attract personal learning styles is the best way to gain the interest of students and increase their ability to retain knowledge. In contrast, traditional educators argue that learning is best accomplished through academic resources and successfully fulfilling core requirements. By ignoring the complex relationship between personal interest and academic knowledge, traditional educators negatively impact academia by rejecting the opportunity to develop a diverse and creative student population, isolating students that lack academic knowledge and dismissing effective techniques that have educational merit in augmenting critical thinking skills.
Graff insinuates that critically analyzing and writing about personal interests is a creative way to develop a diverse student population. When it comes to learning, rather it be in a “traditional” grammar school or the more contemporary classrooms of colleges and universities, there is no argument stronger than incorporating personal interests in academic work that appeals to students. This type of learning engages a student because it encourages curiosity with regards to exploring the main ideas
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