Advantages of Child-directed learning:

Self directed learning

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·        Comes in various forms, from “unschooling” on the one end of the spectrum to guided learning towards a matric and degree.

·        Unschooling sees learning in all activities; child follows interests;

·        Is premised on the idea that human beings are natural learners from birth, but adults interfere with the learning process

·        Gives a child the freedom for the child to learn,

·        Avoids the carrot and stick (rewards and punishments) approach

·        Promotes the idea that it is more effective/sustainable to learn for the love of learning and less effective/sustainable to learn because of fear of punishment, for marks or to be the top of the class

·        Promotes the idea that failure is a stepping stone to success

·        Prefers flexible exam writing options (e.g. Cambridge exams, GED exams)

·        Is learning a concept/skill when ready to do so as each child is unique, and can learn at his/her own pace

·        Boosts independence

·        Boosts self-confidence

·        Is learning how to learn, not only what to learn

·        Improves research skills and learning how one learns best

·        Is individualised learning; there’s no comparison with other students as this hurts self-esteem or creates a false sense of superiority; each human being is on their own unique journey

·        Allows children to become techno-savvy

·        Allows children to become problem-solvers

·        Allows children to be more equipped to deal with freedom at university and in the adult world Promotes entrepreneurial confidence

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