Differentiation – Another method of Learning and Instruction 2


We can write the best manuals in the world but the Facilitator still needs to have some structure in the classroom, and the Facilitator Guide can help a great deal here. I have been doing some research on various manners in which knowledge can be permanently transferred to adult learners. I came across Differentiated Instruction and looked into it. Some of the principles are known in our SA environment.

Although this methodology is used in the GET band,  I wonder if it cannot be used in Adult learning?  (one of the tools are learning menus, and are a really amazing manner in which content can be taught) Differentiated Instruction is a method that has been introduced into US Schools.  Differentiated instruction and assessment (also known as differentiated learning or, in education, simply, differentiation) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing different students with different avenues to learning (often in the same classroom) in terms of: acquiring content; processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability ( wiki explanation more here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differentiated_instruction )

 I am not going to repeat the entire web site or the concepts here, take a read in the articles below. The video is also worth the watch even though it is aimed at GET Schools. I would love to know your thoughts on this type of implementation in the classrooms. Has anyone implemented the Learning menus specifically?

Here are the links:

http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/di/cresource/q1/p01/#content

http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/di/cresource/q2/p07/di_07_link_menus/

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/differentiating-instruction-strategy

 

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2 thoughts on “Differentiation – Another method of Learning and Instruction

  • Marie Smith

    Hi Tass. Yes, the principles can certainly be applied to adult learning. I have just completed a set of learning materials on curriculum differentiation for a client who facilitates programmes for educators. Was quite a challenge but also lots of fun to apply all the time what I was preaching, while simultaneously trying to apply the principles of constructivism (on basic level  – I am a novice in this area) at least some of the time.