Learning by Doing / Active Learning programs at Glen Oaks College (GOC) are based on the “learning by doing” philosophy, otherwise known as “active learning”. With active learning as the principle doctrine, the College strives to relate new learning to students’ existing knowledge and skills making learning more meaningful. Another advantage of “active learning” is that it tends to relieve a great deal of stress and fear of failure associated with traditional, passive learning, where carry-over to the real world is a challenge. In order to maximize practical learning, our programs require students’ participation, rely heavily on case studies, simulate role-playing, projects, and hand-on experience.
Our college president, S. H. Jacob, Ph.D. is considered one of the world’s authority on the subject of active learning. He has written extensively on the philosphy and psychology of active learning. His book entitled Foundations for Piagetian Education contains an expliciation of this important theory.
The College prides itself on being friendly and caring, a place where diversity is welcomed, and where students, faculty, and staff feel a strong sense of belonging. At GOC, no one is a mere number – everybody is accorded a special status. Our graduates leave feeling confident and prepared for the challenges that the medical work environment will bring. Our staff is comprised of highly trained individuals with years of clinical and “real world” experiences. Mutual respect between the faculty, students, and staff is of the utmost importance.
S. H. Jacob, Ph.D.
Saied H. Jacob earned his Ph.D. in human learning and cognition from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. For over 14 years, he served as Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 1978, he was invited to continue his research into cognitive development at the University of Geneva under the direction of the world-renowned child development specialist, Professor Jean Piaget. In 1994 Dr. Jacob moved to Los Angeles where, between 1996 and 1998, he served as Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education at UCLA. Since that time, Dr. Jacob has been engaged in teaching, consulting, and presiding over Glen Oaks College, a private postsecondary educational institution located in Riverside, California.
Dr. Jacob has published numerous articles in scientific journals primarily in the area of human learning and cognition. In addition, he has published the following books on the subject of intellectual development and developmental cognition: Foundations for Piagetian Education. Lanham, MD: University Press of America (1984); Your Baby’s Mind: How to Make the Most of the Critical First Two Years. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media (1991; 1992). Since its initial publication in 1991, Your Baby’s Mind has been published in Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean. More recently, Dr. Jacob has published a new, revised edition of Your Baby’s Mind (AuthorHouse, 2009) as well as a series of booklets on the same subject entitled Your Inventive Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Intellectual Development in the First Two Years (InventiveMinds, 2008). Currently, this series of booklets are being developed into mobile applications.
Dr. Jacob has consulted widely for school systems, colleges and universities, as well as major corporations. His consulting in higher education included teacher training, in-service training, professional development, curriculum development, and shepherding private universities through national accreditation. Dr. Jacob has appeared on radio and television programs throughout the country, including CBS, CNN, and NPR.
Jean Piaget, 1896 – 1980, the pioneering Swiss philosopher and psychologist, spent much of his professional life listening to children, watching children and poring over reports of researchers around the world who were doing the same.
He found, to put it most succinctly, that children don’t think like grownups. After thousands of interactions with young people often barely old enough to talk, Piaget began to suspect that behind their cute and seemingly illogical utterances were thought processes that had their own kind of order and their own special logic.
Albert Einstein called it a discovery “so simple that only a genius could have thought of it.” Piaget’s insight opened a new window into the inner workings of the mind. By the end of a wide-ranging and remarkably prolific research career that spanned nearly 75 years — from his first scientific publication at age 10 to work still in progress when he died at 84 — Piaget had developed several new fields of science: developmental psychology, cognitive theory and what came to be called genetic epistemology. Although not an educational reformer, he championed a way of thinking about children that provided the foundation for today’s education-reform movements. One might say that Piaget was the first to take children’s thinking seriously. Read More.