“… So it would seem that there are two opposing positions.That learning should be learner focused, and controlled. Learners decide for themselves what they need to learn, and how to learn it. Learners are self-sufficient & autonomous.That learners are incapable of managing their own learning and therefore must be managed and controlled by the teacher – by an expert. Learning should produce consistent outcomes to assure competency.
Is this a dichotomy? Funnily enough, a participant in the elluminate session made the point: “its not either / or”….” (Damien)
It is like this boy, 12 years old. He wants to learn to play the trumpet. But he needs his parents to remember him, every day, to play his lessons on the trumpet. And his sister has to learn to take showers at regular intervals. Her mother always has to tell her to take a shower. She wants to be a nice girl, but her mother has to assist her. Same with teachers …
Why do some adult people study without help of parents or teachers? They have a network of people with expectations. They learned to be autonomous, there is shame or pride, emotions.