Dtlls Unit 4 Assignment 1

Unit 4: Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning

1. Identify and discuss the significance of relevant theories and principles of learning and communication.

Teacher-learner relationship

Unit 3 underlines the fact that all learners are different and have different needs. Identifying those needs informs the planning process by applying learning theories and principles appropriate to a group of learners and ultimately the individual learner through ILP.

The most basic form of teaching (in view of the principles below) is the idea of the teacher being active and the learner being passive (the ‘banking’ concept of education Freire (1972)) where the teacher acts as a ‘dispenser’ of learning while the learners do nothing but listen.

This learning model confines the effects of the learning process to the learner, and the teacher remains unchanged by the process. Freire would prefer both parties to be involved in the process. The idea of ‘teacher’ could be replaced with the term ‘facilitator of learning’ as Rogers (1983) suggests. Rogers lists all relevant teaching skills and says that the initiation of learning doesn’t rest upon those.

‘No. the facilitation of significant learning rests upon certain attitudinal qualities which exist in the personal relationship between the facilitator and the learner’
                                                                                                                    (Rogers, 1983, p121)

The rise of competence based models of education has contributed to resurgence in the ‘delivery’ or ‘banking’ style of teaching, mirroring the view of education being designed to meet the needs of employees and the economy. This instrumentalist view is backed up by the Foster Report (2005).

In my opinion music is great a means to engage learners and to initiate and enable learning and development and is a good common ground for musicians to form relationships upon. The other ingredients are the...