Learning and control #cck11

“… 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.

One thought on “Learning and control #cck11

  1. 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.

    I’m not sure it is to do with hurt pride in seeking assistance. I think it is more about avoidance of meaningless control – meaningless to the learner.

    We should be developing skills in learners to be able to determine when it is that they need assistance and when not. Decisions are made by teachers that affect the learner. Sometimes this is necessary, such as a child being reminded to do their practice when learning the trumpet. But at some point learners need to become more autonomous and responsible for their learning, and able to make their own decisions. The child at some point might find that late in the evening works better for their practice than when their parent instructions them to do so in the morning. It is this partnership between the teacher and the learner that should lay the foundation of the learning with the aim that the learner continually develop to the extent that they can manage their life-long learning themselves. Part of this skill is the ability to determine when they do require assistance.

    Damien.

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