Mix of formal classes and creative projects the best

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 April, 2007, 12:00am

Some people think that a formal approach to education is better than an informal one because it's more reliable and productive.

But formal classes involve passive learning. Students sit in rows and listen to the teachers, so they might become bored and lose focus.

With informal learning, students can sit in groups and discuss issues with their classmates.

I also think projects are better than exams. Exams test what a student can remember, but projects test what a student understands.

I believe informal learning is more beneficial to everyone.


St Mark's School

Thanks for your letter, Alyse. I like what you said about exams testing what you remember and projects testing what you understand. It is the material you understand and are able to fit into the bigger picture that will stay with you and you will use throughout life.

It is easy to forget things that you have learned by heart and only exist as a pocket of information that does not relate to anything else.

But while I think project-based testing and a more informal approach to schooling is more creative and nurturing, some students work better in a structured environment. So perhaps a mixture of both styles of teaching would be ideal.

Victoria, Assistant Editor




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