IS LEARNING A LINEAR PROGRESSION – OR IS IT MORE LIKE… A FAN?

IS LEARNING  A  LINEAR PROGRESSION – OR  IS IT MORE LIKE… A FAN?

Expert suggests that education is not simply a linear progression

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An Irish  expert on Gifted and Talented pupils  claims that most educational systems are perceived of as  linear. This means that  learning or education usually takes place among a group of same age students and in a generally linear fashion. So   students move from point ‘a’ through to point ‘z’ learning how to get there, progressing  along the line.

However, there is an alternative  view on how education and learning should progress-it should  instead be  viewed  more like a  fan. The fans handle  is the starting point for all students, some of whom will comfortably follow a linear rib in a straight line, straight up to the highest point of the fan. Others though  may require ‘ it to be shaken out a bit.. may move through it’s openness and coloured  hues along several periferal ribs before reaching the top edges… and then there will be those who may need the fan to be opened to it fullest stretch.. they may bound along moving at speed over many parts of its surface, toward the edge and even over it…’

In short education should be  needs based, and personalised  rather than labels based, ability and maturity based, rather than age based, interest based and life skills based too…

http://innreach.wordpress.com/gt-education/

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3 thoughts on “IS LEARNING A LINEAR PROGRESSION – OR IS IT MORE LIKE… A FAN?

  1. Hi Patrick,

    Thank you so much for your interest in that piece. I am the author, and it is always nice to see ones work or thoughts passed on.. one thing however, although I am US born, and internationally brought up ;-D.. I am at present, and have for sometime been living in Ireland. Again, many thanks for the shout out!! Leslinks (also on twitter)

  2. Multiple intelligences have been questioned in recent research-however I feel your article touches on something as significant-multiple readiness-at the moment we’re treating a three dimensional rotating relationship in a constrained and constraining manner

  3. How nice that you understand!! Yes that is exactly my point.. and that manner can certainly be stifling and frustraiting for some, so much so that it can lead to loss of pleasure in learning.

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