Humanistic Approach

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All the three propositions relate to the specific goals of the National Curriculum Framework which advocate an “inclusive, integrated, holistic and comprehensive approach through a balanced curriculum to promote the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of every child.” (NCFS:2008:18). The statements are related to educational theories such as cross-disciplinary, holistic approach, learner centred approach and the humanistic approach. The humanistic approach advocates students’ need to become autonomous. Hence, the NCF adopts a humanistic approach as it states ‘…developing greater autonomy in learning’. This approach places a great deal of emphasis on students’ choice and control over the course of their education. Teachers seek…show more content…
Thus, there is social construction of knowledge. Scott et al (1987) summarises Drivel & Bell (1986) as follows ‘the construction of meaning is a continuous and active process.’ A constructivist view of learning is based on the notion that what is already in a student’s mind matters as each student creates his own meaning. The 'process ' model of curriculum planning (Blenkin & Kelly, 1987) applies to this ideology, in which teachers are facilitators of the learning process. In addition, all the three propositions are based on the Reconstructivism theory as emphasis is laid on the ‘bigger reality’ which refers to society. Therefore, this implies that education should bring changes in the society : Thus education is planned for what society ought to be rather than what it is (Scrimshaw, 1983) whereby learners are taught principles of equality and…show more content…
Main Activity: • To divide the class into 6 groups of 5 students bearing in mind mixed ability grouping to encourage communication and collaboration. • Each group were requested to share their knowledge on advantages and disadvantages of fast food. • Students were asked to put their ideas in writing for presentation afterwards. • Intervention of Food &Nutrition teacher to shed light on the topic. • Criticism of each group for self-evaluation, highlighting on the strengths and weaknesses. • An entry/ record of students’ performance on collaborative learning for authentic documentation. The activity has changed the way I work as firstly I employed a variety of methodologies and pictures apart from the prescribed textbook to carry out my lesson. Having moved from a traditional approach to a more progressive and learner centred approach, I was able to engage students in the set tasks. My lesson plan served as my guideline and gave a definite structure to my lesson. It also stimulated me to ask pertinent questions and kept students focussed on the subject matter. The class was carried out without any major issue. In fact, I was quite relaxed and confident and was able to grasp the attention of all students
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