Mastery-based learning is an approach to education being adopted currently by numerous institutes and individuals the world over. For those of you still unfamiliar with the term, mastery-based learning is an approach to education where emphasis is laid not on the duration of study but on the ability of an individual student to successfully complete comprehend certain concepts.>
Though there are no doubts about the benefits of mastery-based learning, there is an existing body of traditionalists who are not in favour of this approach to study. Such individuals favour the more, dare we say archaic methods and approaches to education and approaches such as mastery-based learning tend to go against some of the principles in their methods.
Here they are!
Many harbour the notion that mastery-based learning is not easy to apply even though it might be attractive in theory. This idea however springs from the early origins of mastery-based learning back in the 1920s.
Teachers then were not as well equipped as they are now and the trouble that arose the majority of the time was the difficulty they would have tracking all their students. Back then and for decades later, the education system was quite rigid, the preferred approach being one that kept everyone ‘in line’, regardless of skill. Further, the inclination was towards teacher or admin centred institutes and not the other way around.
None of these limiting factors are very relevant today. We have the technology and means to allow students the space and support to pace themselves. Applying mastery-based learning methodology is in fact, quite simple.
At a private institute that follows the method however, this problem does not exist. The institute is geared from the get go to give students additional and individual attention and support. The detailed grading process is in fact a brilliant aid when it comes to identifying areas of academic improvement.
The reason we say this is a misconception is because mastery-based learning is by no means less challenging. It simply allows those who have a quicker pace of learning to progress to the next level. This is actually quite the opposite of what happens in conventional education systems where faster learners sometimes lose interest waiting for the rest of the class to catch up.
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