ERIC Number: ED241992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Are "Alternative Learning Approaches" and Do They Work?
Scovic, Stephen P.
A presentation based on the research of Dr. John Goodlad and Dr. Benjamin Bloom is given which compares alternative learning approaches to the traditional learning approach. Alternative learning approaches are defined as approaches that may change or adjust one or more of the three major components of learning which are curriculum, testing and measurement, and instruction. Three factors described that make alternative learning approaches successful are common sense, sound research, and a strong administrator. The characteristics of the traditional learning component include a curriculum that emphasizes factual and rote learning, testing for the wrong reasons, and instruction that is largely teacher directed. The following are some of the characteristics which should be part of the alternative learning approach: (1) the curriculum component should emphasize mastery learning and time on task; (2) the testing and measurement component should emphasize learning at cognitive levels other than recall; and (3) the instructional component should emphasize activities that make the learner an active part of the learning process. Four books and two journal articles are listed as reference material. A biographical sketch of the author concludes this paper. (EM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Conventional Instruction, Curriculum Guides, Educational Research, Educational Strategies, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Systems, Mastery Learning, Nontraditional Education, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bloom (Benjamin S); Blooms Mastery Teaching Strategy; Goodlad (John I); PF Project
Note: Paper presented at the National School Boards Association Convention (San Francisco, CA, April 23-26, 1983).