ERIC Number: EJ1132295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Is Standardization the Answer to Personalization?
France, Paul Emerich
Educational Leadership, v74 n6 p40-44 Mar 2017
For many educators, personalization and standardization are considered antithetical, with personalization implying learning that is unique to each student and standardization implying something common to all. We must get past this dichotomy, France argues. Comparing methods in education to those in social media, he says that by standardizing processes and tools--as social media platforms do (with, for example, structures for "liking" and posting comments)--personalization can be better supported. Students still have chances to find agency as learners and the process of personalization becomes less complex and more doable. Providing examples from his 1st grade classroom, France argues for creating a culture of personalization by deliberately standardizing carefully selected components of the classroom, such as standards for students' work quality and processes for working and receiving feedback.
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Academic Standards, Learner Engagement, Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Student Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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