Learning And Mastery Based Learning

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Wendy Trusty EDU 502 WA 1 May 1, 2015 Nondirective Learning and Mastery-Based Learning There are many learning models available for teachers to use to ensure that students grow as learners and master content in a timely progression. Nondirective learning and mastery-based learning are two models that are frequently used by teachers to deliver instruction and assess student performance. Nondirective learning is a teaching method from the personal family model of learning; while, mastery learning is part of the behavioral systems family. Both learning methods offer advantages and disadvantages for the teacher and student. It is the teacher’s responsibility to research different learning methods and determine which method, or methods will best meet the individual needs of their students. Nondirective learning is based on the work of Carl Rogers, a psychologist who endorsed the client-centered approach to psychology. Rogers believed that positive human relationships enable people to grow; therefore instruction should be based on the concept of relationship. As part of the personal family model of learning, nondirective learning promotes the role of the teacher as a facilitator and counselor (Learning House, 2009). According to Learning House (2009), “the teacher initially gives the student a problem to solve, so the term nondirective applies to the discovery process and not the entire educational scope”. An essential component of nondirective learning involves developing

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