Disadvantages Of Mastery Based Learning

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You are doing an assignment in class and realize that everyone else is finishing up their work , but you are still on the third question out of fifteen. You don’t want to be the last one to hold up the class, so you rush the final questions, resulting in a bad grade for that classwork assignment. And with the traditional learning model, your overall grade would be brought down after the assignment is posted on PowerSchool. Mastery-based learning, though, was created for the sole purpose of allowing students to go at their own pace so they could fully grasp the knowledge of a topic. Mastery Based Learning is “a teaching method premised on the idea that student progression through a course should be dependent on proficiency as opposed…show more content…
With a mastery-based learning style, students would be allowed to complete their work at a pace that personally suits their learning capabilities, leading them to fully understand a topic before they advance any further. In a Mastery-Based learning class, students take time with their tasks then move forward when they have mastered that one assignment. Educator Jon Bergman states, “In a mastery learning environment, students are expected to learn certain objectives, or competencies, and then they progress when they learn the competency.” (Amerischools 2017). Since the students would be moving on to the next assignment after they have learned it, that would allow them to go at a pace that suits the speed of their learning. Similarly, HSC, an academy that uses the Mastery-Based learning model, claims that,“Students proceed from one assignment to the next, from one unit to the next, from one course to the next, or from one grade to the next when they have mastered the skills and content introduced in their classes.” In order to move on to the next topics, the student must show complete comprehension of the material they are learning. This idea would prevent gaps in the students’ learning since there would have to be some type of evidence of the students…show more content…
Some may argue that a Mastery-Based Learning environment would be less organized and more chaotic than the traditional model. Although the tone of the class may be a bit louder, “Students spend their time actively learning, not zoning out during a lecture or activity.” By skipping the long, time-consuming lectures, classes may include more interactive conversation or activities. But the conversations going on would be about educational ideas rather than a random conversation between two peers due to boredom during a lecture. And studies do show that “people learn by doing (talking, writing, experimenting, etc).” By allowing the students to be more actively engaged, they would be able to improve their learning because the activities would spike their interest. Another concern that may be brought to attention is the lack of deadlines that may cause less student motivation. Although that seems to be a big negative factor to Mastery Based Learning, it is actually beneficial to the students. Daniel Pink, a leading author, claimed that his own children “have had standards-based grade cards which showed they did not meet a standard and yet no intervention was provided. Instead, the teacher moved on because it was time to study the next topic.” With the deadlines, students have to rush to understand something by a certain date. And if that deadline is

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