CuroGens Learning has created a solution that’s much more than a tool derived from a group of IT professionals or a company striving to align itself with Common Core curriculum standards. Our solution is a carefully crafted one, based on proven pedagogical methodologies that we’ve studied for many years. It’s the combination of these methodologies, and the emphasis we place on our professional development process, that makes us different.
Here’s an overview of the methodologies we employ:
Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) (Lev Vygotsky)
The difference between what learners can do without help and what they can do with help. It is centered in the belief that the role of education is to give learners experiences within their zones of proximal development, thereby encouraging and advancing their individual learning.
The optimal “learning state” is, according to Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the position between boredom and anxiety, which he calls the “flow state.”
The Learning Triangle (Knud Illeris)
Knud Illeris’ concept of learning is based on his idea of three dimensions of learning and competence development:
Functionality, the learning content and the individual’s capacity and understanding thereof;
Sensitivity, the importance of the individual’s incentive for learning: motivation, emotion and volition;
and Integration, the ways in which the individual can adhere the learning to make sense to him. This dimension focuses on interaction with fellow learners or the environment.
Formative Assessment (Michael Scriven and Benjamin Bloom)
Range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment (including diagnostic testing).