The PokéCommunity Forums  

Go Back   The PokéCommunity Forums > Off-Topic Discussions > Discussions & Debates
Sign Up Rules/FAQ Live Battle Blogs Mark Forums Read

Notices

Discussions & Debates The place to go for slightly more in-depth topics. Discussions and debates about the world, current events, ideas, news, and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1    
Old February 16th, 2014 (01:07 PM). Edited February 17th, 2014 by Raine.
Raine's Avatar
Raine
Community Supporter
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Canada
Age: 21
Gender: Female
Nature: Gentle
Integrated into the topic of education, self-paced instruction/learning refers to the method of teaching that allows freedom to the learner. They are able to learn at their own pace and the curriculum could potentially be modified/changed to suit their needs. Apparently this sort of teaching is becoming increasingly popular within classrooms and online courses, but there are disadvantages. Education in high school, in particular, is somewhat a platform for students' futures in the workforce or further education in post-secondary institutions. With this structure of learning, there is the strong possibility of them developing a procrastinating nature in everything they do from that point onwards.

As explained, vaguely as it may seem, there are advantages and disadvantages to self-paced instruction. What are your thoughts or opinions on it? Do you think more schools should move towards this type of learning practice or keep the traditional way?

From my personal experience of being in self-paced program during high school, it honestly did little to help me for the future. There were "units" that contained the material we were to learn that week and it was our responsibility to keep on track. Since there were 20 weeks in a semester, majority of students would slack for the first half and hand in the maximum "2 units per week" during the last half. Sure it taught people to be responsible, but in essence, that leads to them becoming a procrastinator. Even after 3 years of leaving high school, I still find myself cramming for assignments and exams. The self-paced learning I think gave students too much control; the teachers never reminded any of us when things were due because there were never any solid "due dates."

As a result, students who were unable to finish the course within the 20 weeks were allowed to "carryover" meaning that could take another semester to complete it, but that would mean jeopardizing their graduation date. Thankfully though, I was one of those people who obtained all my required credits beforehand and actually had a part-time student status by the last year. Nevertheless though, the lack of due dates didn't help to prepare me for university or college.

/feel free to move or close the topic if you feel like it doesn't fit or warrant enough discussion.
__________________
❝ And who knows: starting a new journey may not be so hard, or maybe it has already begun
There are many worlds, and they share the same sky - one sky, one destiny ❞

— レイン · wonderland · love · achievements · appreciation
Reply With Quote
  #2    
Old February 16th, 2014 (01:28 PM).
Gigabeat's Avatar
Gigabeat
Professionals and all.
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: 50,000 light years and right
Gender: Male
Nature: Bold
I'd say go for the traditional style of learning. The major drawback of self paced learning seems to be that students can have as much slack as they want, and while having extra time and help for those who need it isn't a bad idea, those who really procrastinate won't be helped much by this, and the grades'll be affected. The traditional way dosen't give time for students to procrastinate and gives the students a sense of urgency and this they will get down to the task at hand. For those who need help or are lagging behind, they can always approach teachers to help them and / or coach them. And I'm not saying that kidsare generally like that, but sometimes they need the help of others to guide them and pull them away from the distractions sometimes. Giving the kids the responsibility to keep on track may not be applicable for everyone, as some people tend to disengage completely when they find that no one watches over them. For the more mature and independent students though, they'll benefit, but how about the others? And the fact that this concerns their education and all dosen't give students much assurance that they can learn responsibility along the way without screwing up at some point.
__________________


“We do have a lot in common.
The same air, the same Earth, the same sky.
Maybe if we started looking at
what's the same instead of
always looking at what's different,

...well, who knows?”


― Meowth

*~Ghost Type Fan Club~*
'Cause Normals can't touch Specials.
Reply With Quote
  #3    
Old February 16th, 2014 (01:39 PM).
Sopheria's Avatar
Sopheria
Potion Festival Queen
Community Supporter
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: 闇と不思議の間
Gender: Female
Nature: Quirky
I actually went to a school with a self-paced curriculum from fifth to eighth grade. It really depends on what kind of learner you are. For me it was a benefit because I work better when I set my own schedule and work at my own pace. That's still the case for me today. I think it gives students more of a sense of responsibility over their own work and their own education. When it was time for me to go to high school, it resulted in me being a grade ahead, but I think it may have also contributed to my "I'll get to it when I feel like it" mentality. So it has its benefits and its consequences.

I think both options should exist, since it really depends on the individual student. Different people have different ways of learning.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4    
Old February 16th, 2014 (03:02 PM).
Shhmew's Avatar
Shhmew
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: drifting
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Nature: Gentle
No matter how much I despise deadlines personally, I do think they are a great way to help students practice self-discipline for future life stuff and whatnot. The world does not wait for you and that's an important lesson.

At the same time, I hate the way that some students simply don't have the mental capacity to learn as fast as the teacher is teaching, and as a consequence they get poor grades that probably hurt their self esteem, ultimately creating a vicious cycle of damaging their performance more and more. ]:

I'm not sure how it would be done, but I just think students should be challenged yet not restricted.
__________________
F L O A T like a Butterfree, S T I N G like a Beedrill!
Reply With Quote
Reply
Quick Reply

Sponsored Links
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Minimum Characters Per Post: 25



All times are UTC -8. The time now is 07:22 PM.


Style by Nymphadora, artwork by Sa-Dui.
Like our Facebook Page Follow us on Twitter © 2002 - 2014 The PokéCommunity™, pokecommunity.com.
Pokémon characters and images belong to The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo. This website is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK, The Pokémon Company or The Pokémon Company International. We just love Pokémon.
All forum styles, their images (unless noted otherwise) and site designs are © 2002 - 2014 The PokéCommunity / PokéCommunity.com.
PokéCommunity™ is a trademark of The PokéCommunity. All rights reserved. Sponsor advertisements do not imply our endorsement of that product or service. User generated content remains the property of its creator.