Key Elements of The RDI Model: 3

Learners must be actively engaged: ‘Engaged Learning’ is an educational principle emphasizing that learning must be an active process, where learners actively transform the information they are presented with to construct personally meaningful representations that are integrated with what they already know.

Authentic and anchored learning opportunities: We believe that learning must authentic & applicable to learners real-world experience. Prior learning must serve as an experience anchor to make new learning a much more efficient and meaningful process. In order to provide an experience of continuity, we anchor new learning by providing a temporally extended, perspective, viewing each new learned piece as an extension, or expansion of prior learning and as a foundation for future learning.

Gradually situated transfer: We do not  rush students into taking full responsibility for autonomous ‘real-world’ functioning. Rather the model provides them opportunities to develop a firm foundation of knowledge, skill, habits and mental states in a balanced, mutually supportive manner. Students are provided with opportunities to apply  their new learning in a series of ‘simulated’ environments, where complexity is gradually increased, until it approximates the learner’s real-world ‘application environment’. Opportunities for safe exploration & experimentation are carefully balanced with transferring self-management in gradually more complex real-world settings, at a pace that is optimal for each student. Guides increase elements of ‘application complexity’ one variable at a time  while students work towards mastery.


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