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The Education Process

by Ron Kurtus (revised 26 February 2001)

The goal in education is to provide the students with knowledge and sometimes skills in various subject matters. It is worthwhile to know the general process that is followed to achieve that goal.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions. There is a mini-quiz near the end of the lesson.

Process

The process to provide knowledge to a student, in most situations, consists of:

  1. Provide information.
  2. Re-enforce through exercises
  3. Clarify and review material
  4. Test to verify learning

1. Provide information

The teacher, instructor, trainer or educator can provide the information to the learner through the various educational media: in-person teaching, books, tapes, CBT or WBT. For personal instruction, the student may be able to ask for clarification or more details.

2. Re-enforce with exercises

In a classroom setting the student is given exercises to perform to practice and re-enforce what was learned. This is also done in a correspondence course or in distance learning, and in a lesser degree in CBT, WBT or videotape lessons.

Exercises also get the participants more involved in the material, which helps keep their interest.

In some classes, students can discuss the material, allowing them to draw conclusions and to re-enforce their knowledge.

Exercises are seldom done when the learner is doing self-study by reading a book or listening to an audio tape. In these situations, the learner may re-enforce through repetition.

3. Review information

Answers to the exercises are then given with explanations to clarify the information and to help review the material.

4. Verify knowledge

The last step in the education process is to verify knowledge or competency in the subject matter.

Students are usually given a test to verify what they have learned and to measure the success of the instruction. Most often, testing comes after several lessons. If the student passes the test, it is assumed he or she sufficiently knows the material or has competence in the subject.

In the case of personal or non-formal study, a test is seldom given or taken. Verification of learning or understanding is up to the individual.

Case study of this lesson

This lesson is an example of this process for an individual doing self-study in a non-formal setting. The information is provided and a mini-quiz is available as a form of exercise. Some individuals e-mail specific questions to the author for more information.

If this lesson is being used as a resource in a formal class, there may be a test given by the instructor to verify knowledge and understanding of the material.

Summary

The typical education process consists of providing information, exercises, clarification, and testing. These steps hold for most of the delivery media, with self-study skipping some steps.

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Mini-quiz to check your understanding

1. What delivery medium can you use to provide information?

Information is only provided by an instructor

There is no medium involved in providing information

All media, including personal, books and CBT

2. Why are exercises advisable in education?

It is a form of punishment for unruly students

They re-enforce what is learned

Exercises inhibit free thought

3. How is competency verified in a self-study course?

Often by applying skill in real world

Through government sponsored tests

You don't become competent through self-study

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a champion in education. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.


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