Survey: Students say personalized learning improves their independent learning skills
A new survey of 4,000 high school students indicates that personalized learning approaches can have a positive impact on students as independent learners.
The study was conducted by New Classrooms, a nonprofit organization that offers a personalized mathematics learning model and program. Called Teach to One: Math, the model involves a range of techniques, from classroom design to low-stake mini assessments, but at its heart it provides individualized pathways for each learner to progress in mastery and to develop as motivated thinkers and collaborators.
The survey interviewed more than 4,000 students engaged in the Teach to One: Math model in the spring of 2016. (It is currently used in 40 schools across the country by about 13,000 students.) It found that those who had participated in personalized learning believed they had improved as independent learners (70%) and said they ‘learned just as well when working independently on a computer with guided assistance (75%) or in a more traditional classroom with teacher-led instruction only (77%), ”according to New Classrooms.
The survey also found that eight in ten students have an interest in solving the same problems more than once; six in ten said they benefit from learning more than one approach to problem solving; and nearly seven in ten “said they had the opportunity to work with different students and teachers during the year, stressing the need to provide a variety of learning opportunities,” the organization noted.
“As more schools focus on personalizing learning, it is important to consider how a personalized learning environment is changing the classroom experience for students,” said the CEO of New Classrooms, Joel Rose, in a statement released to coincide with the report. “Students report appreciating that they can learn the same skill in different ways – from a teacher, from their peers or independently. They also report appreciating the relationships they have with their teachers. Student View helps us create personalized experiences that will better support learning. “
Additional details can be found at newclassrooms.org.