May 12, 2015

Theory O - Theory of Open Mind - Educator and Learner - Assumption and Attitudes

We come across different types and statements regarding learners by educators.

Theory O or Theory of Open Mind is a desirable and positive set of assumptions.

1. Learning is change in behavior.
2. Every learner joins a program and attends a course with a desire to change his behavior as directed by the educator.
3. Educators have to try and change the behavior in desirable direction indicated by the course content and course objectives.
4. Learning is change in behavior implies that a student is in the classroom willing to change his behavior. Change in behavior is brought about through a mechanism of change on knowledge, change in attitude towards the knowledge, and change in behavior.
5. When a learner tries to engage in new behavior or changed behavior for the first time, he will be happy normally to have the educator be present along with him. He expects guidance from the educator during the event and after the event. Even if he fails in the first attempt, the feedback from the educator helps him to repeat the new behavior. Training is a popular term for repeat performances of a new behavior.
6. Educator is responsible for making sure that the learner learns new behavior. The educator has to design his course so that change in knowledge takes, attitudes are ascertained and changed and provision is made for the display of new behavior.

First Published on 12 May 2015 by Dr. K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao,  Professor, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), 

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