ERIC Number: ED246980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Learner Flexibility Profiles. Coombe Lodge Working Paper. Information Bank Number 1612.
Latcham, J.; Spencer, D. C.
To help in the exploration of developments in increasing learning flexibility in Great Britain's further education system, this paper suggests the development of learner flexibility profiles as devices for analyzing and recording the nature and extent of student choice or discretion. The introductory section reviews developments in open learning systems in Great Britain and current interest in learning situations which provide flexibility for students. The next section defines flexible learning as the creation of learning opportunities tailored to meet the needs of the learner and discusses the role of student choice and negotiation in flexible learning systems. The next sections focus on the methods of developing a profile of learner flexibility in terms of dimensions, such as the aims and content of learning, methods of assessment, modes of attendance, and pace of learning. Issues of measuring flexibility along curricular and administrative levels are discussed next, followed by an examination of the ways learner flexibility profiles can be used. Appendices provide examples of possible scalings against a range of dimensions; scales for the major dimensions of curriculum content, assessment, and learning methods; a breakdown of the learning methods dimension into lesson structure, learning resources, and tutorial support; and examples where central bodies allow flexibility but students are unable to take advantage of the full range of opportunities. (LAL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).; Council for Educational Technology, London (England).; Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers: United Kingdom