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The Theory / Spectrum styles / Learner Initiated Style-J

Style quick guide

Learner
Initiated

Style J

Learning Focus

The learning focus of the Learner-Initiated Style is to acknowledge a learner's motivation and cognitive intentions to design his/her own learning experience. In this style a learner initiates a request to pursue the complexities inherent in make all decisions, defining learning objectives, and producing ideas. In this style the learner determines the teacher's degree of involvement.

*All subject matter has content that is appropriate for the different teaching styles. Physical activities were selected to more visually convey the decision making concept of each style.

The Anatomy

In the anatomy of the Learner-Initiated Style, the role of the learner (L) is to independently initiate this behavior and make all the decisions in the pre-impact, including which teaching–learning behaviors will be used in the impact, and create the criteria decisions for the post-impact. Provided the teacher is qualified in the subject matter, the teacher’s (T) role is now to accept the learner’s readiness to make maximum decisions in the learning experience, to be supportive, and to participate according to the learner’s requests.

Pre-Impact
(planning)
(T)
Impact
(implementation)
Post Impact
(feedback and assessment)
(L)


*The arrows represent the decision shifts from the Learner Designed Individual Program Style-I to the Learner Initiated Style-J.

Style Summary

In the Learner-Initiated Style, the role of the learner is to independently initiate this behavior and make all decisions in the pre-impact, including which teaching-learning behaviors will be used in the impact, and create the criteria decisions for the post-impact. Provided the teacher is qualified in the subject matter, the teacher's role is to accept the learner's readiness to make maximum decisions in the learning experience, to be supportive, and to participate according to the learner's requests.

Subject Matter Objectives

When Learner-Initiated Style is achieved, the following subject matter objectives are reached:

  • To honor the individual who:
    • Chooses to initiate a learning experience to discover, create, and develop ideas in an area of his/her choice
    • Chooses to initiate a multifaceted learning experience
    • Sets standards of performance and evaluation on one's own
  • Others

Behavior Objectives

When Learner-Initiated style is achieved, the following behavioral objectives are reached:

  • Chooses to be independent
  • Chooses to challenge him/herself by assuming the responsibilities for creating his/her learning experience
  • Has a need to go beyond the boundaries of the activities presented to the rest of the class.
  • To provide opportunities for individuals to be self-directed
  • Others

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