IS LEARNING A LINEAR PROGRESSION – OR IS IT MORE LIKE… A FAN?
Expert suggests that education is not simply a linear progression
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…