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Democracy of Learning

Posted by Tommy Lu on April 20, 2012

Another term I learned at the First National Chinese Language Conference in 2008 is “democracy of learning.”  This is opposed to the “dictatorship of learning.” Dictatorship of learning means teachers dominate the teaching. They decide what to teach and how to teach the material. Democracy of learning says that students take their time to choose what to learn and how much they can take at a time. It may sound like democracy of learning is just like self-pace study but there is a subtle difference. Self-pace study still let teachers decide what to teach. The democracy of learning allows students to choose what they want to learn. It is probably close to what Dr. Hofstetter has been doing for his courses.


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