A recent study identified the existing innovative trends in theories and practices in new learning environments in school education throughout the European Union. elearningeuropa.info , an initiative of the European Commission provides a free adaptation of the summary of the report, titled The New Learning Paradigm for Schools .
The summary provides a number of key thoughts about the likely changes we’ll see as the new learning paradigm emerges:
- The view of pupils as individuals.
- Planning learning according to individual learning styles.
- Focus on social participation.
- Change in the teachers’ role.
- From reproducing to constructing knowledge.
- Reorganizing the learning situation.
This is followed by a section on the role of ICT, and then consideration is given to the Some of the main challenges that have been identified in the study are:
- A need to evaluate in new terms.
- Persistent sticking to tradition causes some problems for the New Learning Environments in several respects.
- Doubts about new learning methods.
- Doubts about reorganization.
- Difficulties of independent learning.
There’s a link at the bottom of the page to the full (8Mb) report.