Instructional Paradigm vs Learning Paradigm Is Industrial Society vs Informational Society

September 15, 2017

Teacher Role

Industrial Society: Traditional Instructional Paradigm
The teacher is the source of the knowledge.

Information Society: New Learning Paradigm
The teacher is the guide to sources of knowledge.

 

Focus

Industrial Society: Traditional Instructional Paradigm
Individual
Learn from the teacher
Competitive, everyone for themselves

Information Society: New Learning Paradigm
Collaborative
Learn by doing, experiencing, discovering
Supporting each other.

 

Activities

Industrial Society: Traditional Instructional Paradigm
Activities prescribed by the teacher—closed and limited
Whole-class instruction
Little variation in activities
Pace determined by program

Information Society: New Learning Paradigm
Activities determined by learners—open and extended
Different sized groups
Many different activities
Pace determined by learners

 

The Teaching Process
The shift to a new paradigm also affects the teaching process.

Industrial Society: Traditional Instructional Paradigm
Applying known solutions to problems
No link between theory and practice

Information Society: New Learning Paradigm
Finding new solutions to problems
Integrating theory and practice

 

Duration

Duration is also affected by the shift to a new paradigm.

Industrial Society: Traditional Instructional Paradigm
During compulsory schooling

Information Society: New Learning Paradigm
Lifelong learning

 

Location

Finally, the shift to a new paradigm also affects location.

Industrial Society: Traditional Instructional Paradigm
In a classroom within the school day

Information Society: New Learning Paradigm
Not limited to school hours or school building

Credit: MVA


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