learning focus

The learning focus is the ‘raison d’etre’ of education and we define it as the end goal in  the learning process.  This learning focus can be for a whole subject, whole unit or a simple objective for a particular lesson.

 

At Danube we mainly use an inquiry based model of learning so that students are confronted with big questions that have life-worthy appeal instead of niche content that has to be memorised.  For example, an investigation into the effect of transmissible diseases on individuals, groups and society generally has a major impact on the future of the child and their society.  This approach clearly resonates with the idea of Great Learning.

 

Alternatively, the decision to teach Grade 6 students complicated aspects of trigonometry devoid of any authentic context is clearly a form of niche learning.  The value to the student in later life is at best questionable and the time available to the student could be used much more productively.

Scientific Method

Scientific Method

Technology

Technology

Inquiry

Inquiry

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