The conventional approach to education that involves formal classroom setting with teachers imparting lessons through chalk and talk has become obsolete and unproductive. It is not only students but also teachers who feel that this approach which has been in place for hundreds of years, has failed to deliver. It is found uninspiring and boring by students who have short attention spans. These students are tech savvy and they are adept at using modern computing devices as well as fast speed internet. Educators and scientists have come up with alternative approaches to education from time to time. Here is a brief overview of some of the modern approaches to education.
Competency based approach This is a modern approach to education that focuses upon proficiency and skill attainment. The aims are specified at the outset and they are defined in measurable terms so that parents can see what their kids have achieved at the end of a class. It is a very organized and systematic approach to education that makes use of learning process that is based upon performance. Students are made to learn not only theories but also practical skills that make it easier for them to fit into various roles in real life after school. It is a very engaging approach to education where students remain highly motivated to achieve higher competencies.
Outcome based approach This is another approach to education that places importance upon performance of the student or the outcome rather than resources that are put into service for providing education. Here, students are required to demonstrate their skills at the end of a class to allow teachers to know that they have absorbed the content delivered to them. This approach is loved by many schools as it evaluates the process including the effectiveness of the teachers. It also reveals the lacunas in the curriculum that can easily be rectified. The content in this approach is holistic and pragmatic in nature and it encourages competition among students.