Jeffrey J. Sable, PhD
In response to the broad topic, “The Challenges of Lasallian Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century”, the author proposes an apprenticeship model of Lasallian higher education. Drawing from recent literature on Catholic higher education, as well as specifically Lasallian sources, he articulates how the model is uniquely fitting for Lasallian institutions and builds on their strengths. Psychological and neuroscientific principles of learning—particularly the development of skills and habits—can be used to foster in students the skills and habits of lifelong learners. Institution-wide commitment to the apprenticeship model can lead to a culture of lifelong learning throughout the institution, creating positive, self-perpetuating effects from the level of the individual student to society as a whole.
Keywords: Apprenticeship; formation; institutional culture; Lasallian pedagogy; lifelong learning; neuroscience; psychology
Jeffrey J. Sable, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of behavioral sciences at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with an emphasis in cognition and neuroscience and an interdisciplinary graduate minor in college teaching.