Getting Students Involved in Decisions about Learning

Brombacher, Bruce
November 1983
Education Digest;Nov1983, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p44
The article focuses on the involvement of students in decisions about learning and planning. The interests of each child should really determine the instructional curriculum for students in the class. Meaningful instruction and learning take place when specific goals are relevant to the individual learner. The students must be involved in the learning process from beginning to end. Together, the teacher and students can consider different topics, methods, materials, resources, timelines, and modes of evaluation. Students need to help determine the curriculum. They must accept responsibility for the decisions they make about their own learning. The process is as important as the outcome. The teacher and students work together to discover ways in which to be creative, to explore, and to be successful at tasks that suit the individual needs of the children. This approach requires structure, planning, and patience. The first step is the planning session. Next, the teacher adds areas of personal interest that may relate to the topic. Then, students begin to write down aspects of the topic they would like to study, and any other interests they might have. There should be student input and discussion at each step in the process.


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