are Learning Contracts ?
contracts provide a method of individualizing instruction and developing
student responsibility. They permit individual pacing so that students
may learn at the rate at which they are able to master the material.
Learning contracts can be designed so that students function at
the academic levels most suitable to them and work with resource
materials containing concepts and knowledge that are appropriate
to their abilities and experiences. Although this method focuses
on the individual, learning contracts also provide an opportunity
for students to work in small groups. The teacher may select this
approach for some students to support them as they learn to work
a student is first beginning to use learning contracts, the teacher
provides learning objectives, identifies a choice of resources,
and sets some basic time parameters for the project. As students
become more experienced with learning contracts, the teacher may
choose to involve them in setting the learning objectives. Learning
contracts usually require that students demonstrate the new learning
in some meaningful way, but students are provided choice in the
selection of a method or activity.
contracts can be highly motivating for students. As they become
skillful in making appropriate choices and as they begin to assume
more responsibility for their own learning, they become increasingly
independent, learn to use resources to their advantage, and take
pride in their ability to teach themselves and share their new learning