The defining characteristic of the Learner-Designed Individual Program Style is discovering the process for identifying and designing a solution to a subject matter problem that has multiple functions and parts. The teacher designs a general question and then shifts the design of the program to the learner. All subject matter details concerning the ultimate intent, issues to investigate, rationale for the program design, sequence of events, etc., etc. as well as the assessment criteria are shifted to the learner. Learners experience the volume of decisions that are required when designing complex programs.
The role of the learner is to make decisions about how to investigate the general subject matter topic: to produce questions that lead to a specific focus within the general topic; to produce questions that result in identifying the process and procedures; to discover the solutions/movements; and to designate the performance criteria.
In the Learner-Designed I. P. Style, the role of the teacher (T) is to design a general subject matter question or situation and identify any necessary logistical decisions for the learners. The post-impact role of the teacher is to observe and to ask questions about the consistency of the program design and planning. The role of the learner (L) is to make all the remaining subject matter decisions that are necessary to produce (not recall) a program that solves a stated question or situation. Some of the subject matter decisions are: producing questions that appropriately investigate the program’s specific focus, identifying the sequence and different sets of procedures; to design solutions or movements to remedy the problem; and to establish the performance criteria for feedback.
*The arrows represent the decision shifts from the Divergent Discovery Style-H to the Learner-Designed Individual Program Style-I.
When the Learner-Designed Individual Program Style is achieved, the following subject matter objectives are emphasized:
When the Learner-Designed Individual Program Style is achieved, the following behavioral objectives are emphasized: