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Mastery learning

  • By: Nikoletta Christodoulou
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Mastery learning is a philosophy about learning and teaching that essentially asserts that under appropriate instructional conditions virtually all students can learn well. It places on teachers the responsibility of student learning proposing that they can teach so that all students master most of what they are taught. The goal is to enable students to acquire some basic intellectual competencies ensuring that they can undertake the subsequent learning demanded of them by their schools and eventually their vocations and avocations and which will potentially lead to satisfaction increasing the chances for the development of positive feelings toward learning. Mastery learning strategy is an important development in the field of curriculum studies, which, although criticized for its mechanistic nature, many of its tenets include lesson plans ...

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