August 12, 2014

Modes of Learning: Distributed Individual

distributed-individualThe Distributed Individual mode is based on the assumption that individuals are natural learners. And that those individuals choose to learn on their own. Those choices are based on their intrinsic motivation as learners, their understanding of why they learn and their perception of the value of what they are learning.

This mode allows individuals to leanr that which they are most interested in and at the pace which they are conformatble with.

What is this mode all about?

This mode is about the learnier making consious decision to acquire the knowledge or skill they are most interested in. This mode of learning occurs voluntarily and could be formal (through instutions that provide the learnign material) or informally.

The great thing about htis mode of learning is the fact htat the learner's level of motivation is very high (compared ot other modes of learning).

How this learning happens?

HoltBasically, it is the indiviual's respinsibility to choose what to learn, sort out where, when and how and evaluate the success of the leanring process. This choise is based on the learner's own values, beliefs and personal interest.

In reality, this form of learning happens all the time. As biologists tell us how we have a "biological imperative" to learn.

According to John Holt (1923-1985) all education should take this form. In fact, Hold believed that schools are inherintly bad by artificially separating learning from living. This led him to become a proponent of homeschooling, as seen in his book Teach Your Own (1981).

The biggest enemy to learning is the talking teacher

~John Holt

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