Planning and Enabling Learning

Planning and Enabling Learning

Assignment One

Identify and describe at least two teaching and learning strategies which meet the aims and needs of individual learners and/or groups.   Select one which you will use in a teaching or training setting.

In the first part of this assignment, I will describe two principle learning strategies that can be used by students and two teaching strategies that can be used to help develop learning.

According to Bloor & Lahiff (2000, p. 56) there are two principle learning strategies that a student might use when seeking to develop their understanding of a new topic.   The surface learning method develops a short term approach to learning which is goal orientated (ie to pass the upcoming test) and is depicted by the student passively accepting information and ideas and focusing on reproducing the key facts without reflecting on the information and where it might fit in to their overall knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The second strategy is known as deep learning and requires the student to interact at a more conscious level with what is being taught. By cross referencing this new learning with previously acquired knowledge or experiences, this information is absorbed and available for recall over the longer term.

The strategy the student uses will be largely dependent on the objective of his/her learning.   These strategies are not attributes of the individual however; they are tools which the same person may use at different times dependent on his/her learning demands at that particular time.   At its most simplistic level, the deep learning strategy might appear to be the most desirable method of teaching and developing knowledge in our students. Other factors, however, must be considered including the timeframe given to teach the particular topic, the student’s ability level and the knowledge requirements of the course they are undertaking.

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