The Developmental Channels, (DC) represent the intrinsic universal paths along which we grow. Each channel is comprised of an infinite array of human characteristics called attributes which serve to guide our daily conduct in each Developmental Channel.
These universal pathways and their attributes apply to all people, cultures, religions, ages, abilities, education levels, and socioeconomic positions. All people grow along the various pathways of the Developmental Channels. The intrinsic universal channels are physical, social, emotional, cognitive, moral/ethical, mindfulness, sexual and two extrinsic categories technological and financial.
The Developmental Channels and their attributes contribute to the development of our character. In fact, attributes are at the core of our humanity—they are the characteristics we chose to guide our thoughts along each of the Development Channels. They determine our everyday behavior and they establish the code for our individual daily conduct. Attributes are all inclusive; they may be beneficial or harmful to an individual.
The following is an abridged list of individual attributes—
Respect for Others
Ability to manipulate facts
Maintain Safe and Healthy
Many teachers emphasize individual attributes in their classroom rules or focus on attributes when correcting behavior, some schools devote a segment of time to discussing selected attributes. The Spectrum framework shows the intrinsic inclusion of the significantly different attributes in each teaching style. The specific attributes per teaching style are necessary for accomplishing the style’s learning intent in subject matter and in behavior.
The literature states that in the classroom, attributes are learned when teachers use diversified teaching approaches (2000, Learning to Learn, Hong Kong). The Spectrum identifies diversified, non-versus teaching and learning approaches that trigger different attributes allowing different learning intents from Command to Discovery to be experienced. Each landmark style decision establishes a significantly different developmental guide that directs the expected episodes’ code of conduct.
All humans - independent of culture, nationality, ethnic group, or religion - participate in and seek opportunities to obtain, change or expand human attributes.
Founder of Spectrum Learning
The emotional developmental channel refers to the trust that evolves between the teacher and the learnerlearn more
The Moral/Ethical channel develops a person’s value systems which establishes a hierarchy of importance for one’s attributeslearn more
The Mindfulness Channel refers to an individual’s search for the meaning of one’s lifelearn more
The Sexuality channel refers to development of an individual’s sexual maturity not limited to physical development.learn more
Technology has and will continue to profoundly alter the way we think about the Developmental Channelslearn more