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Bridging Learning Gaps in Education
Transcript of Bridging Learning Gaps in Education
What is Learning Gaps in Education?
Bridging Learning Gaps in Education
By: Liezel F. Lasdin
The dismal learning levels of students in schools should count as one of the biggest government failures. But this comes as no surprise given the prevailing priorities of the government.
Why is there a need to address Learning Gaps in Education of Students?
The primary focus of school education programs has been on inputs—construction of physical infrastructure, recruitment of teachers, providing study materials, and increase in enrolment. It was assumed that once the inputs were in place, the outcomes would follow automatically.
Though this focus has expanded in recent years to include greater monitoring and improving teacher and student attendance, expected learning outcomes have failed to materialize
Helping every child receive a high-quality education is one of the best ways to ensure a productive, successful future. But a startling number of Filipino students don’t have access to the necessary skills and resources they need to succeed.
The first step to determine a student’s learning gap is to perform a variety of activities in class and collect various data. . This data should be documented as well as analyzed in order to determine how well the student is performing or how far behind they may be.
How to Address Learning Gaps in Education of Students?
Once the gap is discovered, the teacher should begin to address this gap by first informing students of what they themselves should address. For example, the teacher must give the students a descriptive feedback in order to inform students of what skills they are do best as well as what skills they need to focus on and develop.
It is important to give a descriptive feedback in addressing student learning rather than an evaluative feedback because descriptive offers students more concrete descriptions of items they need to work on.
Learning theorists recognize that not all experiences result in learning, particularly discipline-based learning. John Dewey called for education to be deeply rooted in experience (1916), yet he acknowledged that experience in and of itself is not always educative (1933).
Experiences often create controversy, and if the controversy is not reflected upon, it can be a misleading, even harmful experience, which produces a lack of sensitivity and responsiveness in the learner (Dewey 1933). Although an encounter has the potential to develop key perceptions that foster personal growth, it is only when the experience is thoughtfully considered and analyzed that generalizations are formed to influence future action (Glenn and Nelson 1988).
Learner's Obstacles to Learning
Fear of change
Lack of relevance
Reluctance to ask questions
Inability to relate
Hanging onto old habits
Lack of motivation
These education strategies include:
High-Tech Education Strategies:
This strategy uses social media and other preferred communication methods, such as email and SMS text messaging, to connect with students and their parents. Teachers and school administrators are able to connect with students and families through these channels, keeping them engaged and informed. Teachers and administrators can use the school year to establish routine communication with students and families that can easily continue ithroughout the next school year. By creating a sense of community,communication and engagement is strengthened and connectivity is more apparent during and beyond the present school year.
High-Yield Education Strategies:
Teachers can use this strategy by encouraging students to have “self-assigned” learning. By supporting self-assigned learning during the school year and promoting educational activities before summer break, teachers can enrich student learning and create a learning mentality that can be carried tto the next school year. Teachers can combine this with high-tech strategies to engage with parents regarding these activities and communicate with students and families to check-in on progress and can be reiterated to the student’s teacher should the student continue on the next grade or level to keep up with his learning progress.
High-Touch Education Strategies:
This strategy instills learning through building relationships with the school community. By learning more about the school community throughout the school year, relationships can be built to last. School leaders might organize a community walk that highlights resources and challenges in a school neighborhood. This can create greater community awareness and activism while creating future school partnerships.
Through the utilization of these education strategies, K-12 schools can develop greater results for education throughout including:
• Stronger learning outcomes for students through the creation of these strategies
• Stronger communication and engagement with students and parents.
• Improved understanding of the school community, its resources and challenges.