Principles of Psychology

Module 4:-
Professional discussion

Learning outcome 1.-Theories/principles of psychology and communication.

Throughout my short teaching career I have looked at certain learning theories, implemented them and sometimes disagreed with some of them as to their worth within my subject specialism area which is within the school of Technology.
Carl Rogers employed a humanistic approach to psychology and communication which I have tried to employ when planning my lessons but I do disagree with many aspects of his theory.

      Rogers argues that “self directed learning increases curiosity encourages students to take responsibility for their own development and learning and promotes personal growth”. (Petty, 2009, p371).

Personally I disagree with the above statement from Carl Rogers and although it may work with other students self directed learning certainly does not work with my level 1 and 2 motor vehicle students. If they are set self directed learning tasks they are more often than not likely to not complete the task because they lack focus and are used to being spoon fed answers. More often than not when completing self directed tasks many students will return with the bare minimum and this severely affects their development. During my portfolio lessons students have to complete task sheets but without my input and constant reinforcing of what they need to complete, the task sheets would not be completed and as such the students would fail.
Rogers also suggests that self actualization is a natural process which I tend also to disagree with because if it was a natural process then why would we need facilitators or tutors for the process to occur .Rogers ideas tend to be a little too individualistic and I think that too complement each learner and in order to improve the learning and communication process people need each other.
Rogers’s theory focuses on self determination and individualism which I feel could have a negative impact on learning and...