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What are Learning Studios?

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Learning studios (the alternative school the project intends to build as a part of the project), is a name for an active constructive, collaborative engagement of a heterogenous group of participants leading to a displayable or demonstrable product. The products can be a design, a building, a gadget, a picture, a drama, a presentation, an experiment, a graph, a knowledge base, a farm, a video, a song, a story, a simulation, a computer program, an essay, a map, a recipe, a dish, a dress, any such fabrication etc.

A studio provides a concrete context to situate the abstract ideas of science, mathematics and other creative constructions. The learning objectives do not change from the traditional education, but the focus is more on the process of learning and reaching the objectives in an activity based, concrete close-to-life context.

Learning studios replace classrooms. A school will be reconstructed as a complex of learning studios. Students choose to go to any of the studios to participate in the ongoing construction activities. Mentors will assist the students, as well as senior students, peers help each other. This restructured system will not have the problem of the current schools where we have very low teacher to student ratio. Apart from this, local experts who are not employed by the school system will also contribute to the various production contexts (e.g. a farmer becoming a teacher in the farm, a carpenter becoming a teacher in building of furniture etc.) Learning to read, write and compute will happen in every studio context. Networking and complex system perspective will be the model of management vis-a-vis top-to-down hierarchical management. All the activities in every studio will be mapped and mentors as well as peers can know the progress of each student by using the information infrastructure where most transactions are recorded. The mind map shows some of the learning studios that form part of a learning studio complex.

A Comprehensive Learning Studio Complex including a metaStudio

A Comprehensive Learning Studio Complex including a metaStudioi

A contrast between regular schools and learning studios

A contrast between regular schools and learning studios
regular schools
learning studios
content is delivered to learners
content is created by learners
learners are treated mostly as consumers
learners are mostly treated as producers
learning is passive
learning is active
the class is homegeneous (age)
the grouping is temporary (project/task based) and can be heterogeneous
curriculum is linear
curriculum is organic/non-liniar (networked)
focus is on the products
focus is on the transactions leading to fruition
master-student relationship
peer-to-peer mentor driven relationship (older peers can be mentors)
even concrete things can become abstract
even abstract things are made contextual if not concrete

Learning Studios DVD