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Approaches to learning and teaching – a model

May 2, 2009


This is work in progress. I’m thinking every learning activity could be described in terms of where it fits on these two axes – from individual to shared, and from ‘controlled’ to open. I’m not sure about the terminology yet. Developing it further in my work for SAIDE – a web resource for distance educators on supporting learners in developing countries. (Also work in progress – can be viewed here.)

This diagram was done with Gliffy – click here for a better resolution version.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carola Steinberg permalink
    October 20, 2009 10:51 am

    An interesting model.
    I am wondering – in the upper half where the learning is controlled by the learner – is the learning a deliberate attempt at learning something new, or is it incidental, in the pursuit of some other activity?

    • witthaus permalink
      October 21, 2009 7:08 pm

      Hi Carola – thanks for commenting 🙂 Good question – it could be either or both! But because my focus was on the implications for teaching, I was thinking more of formal courses in which the learners are deliberately trying to learn something. (Or the teachers are deliberately trying to teach something, which as we know, may have no correlation with what learners learn!)

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