Adopting a GI approach to learning involves a range of positives and negatives.
The advantages are:
* students are responsible for formulating their own questions and will therefore be more engaged as they are pursuing an area of interest, an area they have deemed as important.
* whilst this learning is occurring, TL’s and teachers have the chance to explicitly teach skills / strategies that are relevant and meaningful to the task eg. planning strategies, evaluating resources, note-taking, referencing etc
* students then employ these strategies in context, making learning more real and meaningful
* teachers / TL’s can observe and facilitate the process, allowing learners with initiative greater freedom but assisting students who are finding it difficult, ensuring individual’s needs are met
* teachers and TL’s are modelling the collaborative behaviour they want to see from their students
* ongoing observation of students allows some real insight into the depth of their skills and understanding, allowing targeted support and intervention
* students have the opportunity to engage in higher order thinking skills as they confront information and plan their approach
* students develop independence – teachers / TL’s work to facilitate rather than distribute information
* getting staff and admin on board
* keeping passively resistant / unmotivated students on board
* doesn’t necessarily cater for individual learning strengths
* extra time required to plan