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Uneducated learning: A Martian’s Guide Learning Without Our Education System

Uneducated learning is the type of learning which takes place without our education system.Uneducated learning is

Unattended
Uneducated learning can take place almost anywhere the learner is able to learn according to circumstance – often at a location of the learners choice or best suited to the learning depending on circumstances. For example, uneducated learning can take place at home; while travelling; in the workplace or even at an institution of educated learning.

Unbounded
Uneducated learning can combine any area of learning in any way the learner is able to – uneducated learning is undetermined and can lead anywhere.

Undivided
Uneducated learners are able to both “consume” and produce learning resources and opportunities – they are able to be both “learners” and “teachers”.

Untimed
Undeducated learning can take place at any time the learner is able to learn and be of any duration the learner chooses according to circumstances.

Achronological  
Undeducated learning can occur in any sequence the learner is able to learn and at any age they are able to according to circumstances.

Uncontrolled
Uneducated learning has no formal or central authority to control learning content and opportunity – the uneducated learner can choose to learn anything from anywhere they are able to according to circumstance.

Question Based
Uneducated learning generally starts with the learner seeking answers to questions and continues with more questions – there are no limits as to where the questions might lead and the learners questions determine the learning experience.

Connected
Uneducated learning is intimately connected and situated in the learner’s world – the learners work, play, family, interests, friends relationships, culture etc at aparticlualt times and circumstances.

Participatory
Uneducated learning uses any available resources from anyone and any uneducated learner can contribute to uneducated learning resources – learners decide which to use and how.

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April 24, 2011 Posted by | education | 1 Comment

Educated Learning: A Martian’s Guide To Our Education System

Educated learning is the type of learning which takes place within our education system.

Educated learning is

Utilitarian:
Educated learning generally takes place through necessity. The state requires educated learning to the age of 16 and most work and further education requires tested grades from the education system

Institutionalised
Educated learning generally takes place within the structure institutions called schools, colleges or universities.

Standardised
Educated learning follows prescribed standardised schemes called syllabi, schemes of work and lesson plans.

Quality Controlled
Educated learning is quality controlled. Learner tests before and during courses help match courses and learners and ensure that course quality and achievements are as high as possible.

Limited
Educated learning takes place within the standardised quality controlled bounds that institution subject and timetable combinations of a curriculum makes possible.

Disconnected
Educational learning takes place with the environment and resources of the institution external connections are not necessary and learners are deliberately disconnected during periods of testing.

Closed and Private
Educated learning is closed and private. Many resources are kept closed by educators and accessed provided to learners as needed.  Learners generally work alone on assignments and submit them for marking in private for grading by a subject expert.

Subject Based
Educated learning is organised around subjects and subject cluster/combinations. Subjects have names like chemistry or history and define what can be learned.

Expert Based
Educated learning is based upon expertise and expert knowledge. Learning is judged and graded by experts against expert criteria. Experts have names like teacher, lecturer and professor.

Divided
In Educated learning those who do the learning are called pupils, students or learners. Those who teach are called teachers, lecturers or professors.

Answer Based
Educated learning is based around finding the right answers to the questions set by teachers.. Learners are tested and graded on the answers to questions.

Hierarchical and Elitist
Educated learning is organised and accessed in a hierarchy. Learners progress through levels –  higher levels are less available and accessible than lower levels. Higher levels are more respected than lower levels.

Chronological
Educated learning is organised sequential through a course. A course is usually delivered to the learning through period of time known a a term and associated with the calendar. Access to educated learning is often associated with the learners age.

Content based
Educated learning generally involves the learning of specific content, skills and techniques upon which the learner is assessed.

Timed
Educated learning generally takes place at specific times in specific locations – usually in meetings called lessons or lectures. Learning is usually tested by answering questions on specific content or performance of specific skills within a specific time and at a specific place.

Attended
Educated learners must attend. Learners are marked on their attendance and may not be able entered for final testing unless a minimum standard for attendance has been achieved.

April 22, 2011 Posted by | education | 1 Comment

The Purpose of Education

A major purpose of our education system is (has become) the testing and grading of people for social economic function – for work, for more education or ……

Education has been very successful in meeting the supply side of the demand for test grades – through considerable focus on quality, control, targets and achievement outcomes overall test grades get better every year.

Maximising test grades has become the purpose of education – we can’t fault the system for effectively meeting demand. Learners demand test grades – to get a job;  to get on a course, or as consumers as a return on investment for tuition fees. Education itself demands test grades – as  input quality controls to maintain course achievement levels for competition and to secure funding.

So, what’s wrong with teaching to the test – the system is effectively meeting demand for test results.

The purpose of education is to supply demand.

April 17, 2011 Posted by | education | 4 Comments