Scaffolding In Lifelong Learning

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Scaffolding permits learners to draw connections between concepts and knowledge collaboratively for developing independent thoughts (Nicholson, 1999). Per se, it also strengthens Dewey’s notion of ‘directed living’ that students should draw from real life situations and engage in creativity and collaboration. This approach is more learner centered where learner autonomy is developed. Duerr (2008) explains that ‘’ students can become independent, confident individuals who ‘learn how to learn’ and develop lifelong learning skills”. Taylor (2008), declares that such an approach would broaden students’ knowledge. Building the experiential background of students through a collection of resources can be immensely helpful to the learner experiencing…show more content…
This situation grows out of demands of an enriched and diversified curriculum and of the urge to vitalise instruction by providing a broader background of experience for the pupils and means of adjusting learning to the differences in interest and aptitudes of learner. In directing the learning of my students, I use this as a motive as it helps me not only to challenge the attention of my pupils but also to stimulate their imagination and develop the mental imaginary. It acts to facilitate the understanding of the pupils and provide incentive for…show more content…
The fundamental aim of motivation is to stimulate and to facilitate learning activity that needs to be motivated and guided towards desirable ends. Learning is self-initiated, but it must be aided by motives so that the learner will persist in the learning activity. It is important to get the learner into the state of readiness for it to increase the alertness, vigour and wholeheartedness of learning. In “A Theory of Human Motivation” (1943) Maslow proposed the idea that we all have a hierarchy of needs. Maslow believes that every human being has several layers of needs, beginning at the base, each layer need must be met before someone can meet the needs of the next layer. He believes that we all have the potential to reach the highest layer but our journey is often disrupted with a failure to meet the needs required in the lower layers. This is because our society rewards motivation primarily based on esteem, love and other social needs. Each stage that is found in the hierarchy is applied to human beings and how they live. Considering Maslow’s theory, we can apply it to an educational context and more specifically to adolescents. All children have a set of needs, which if met with the help of parents, friends and teachers can help mould a child and build a good foundation for adulthood. If there is a deficiency in the needs or any are neglected it can result in hindering a child’s performance

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