Thursday, 7 May 2015

Community Engagement Plan: statement of research interest.

The flipped classroom model is gaining ground in secondary and tertiary institutions in the United States and other countries.  The  Literature Review I completed for the last assignment identified that it is mostly successful at tertiary and/or post graduate level.  Students seem to be motivated to learn and willing to try new ways of achieving.  There is very little literature on the flipped classroom in secondary schools and virtually nothing that references New Zealand experiences.

The flipped model makes a lot of sense to me.  It allows students to access the learning they need when they need it - just in time learning.  I see it as a way to avoid the lecture style presentation which, although I enjoy, I believe marginalises many students. Lecturing is an ineffective way of disseminating information or knowledge because it targets all students with one topic (Just in case learning) rather than giving them access to the knowledge they need at the time.   For example a student might need  specific teaching on punctuating sentences but the teacher chooses to focus on developing ideas in creative writing because that seems to be the area of greatest need.

Steve Wheeler
University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
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