Characteristics of Expert Learner (Abstraction)

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					Three Levels of Learners to Consider when Differentiating
   Teachers and Parents are to understand that in the learning process there are three levels in
   learning. All learners begin at the emerging level and then depending on their aptitude and interest
   can quickly move through to expert. Most learners work at the proficient level as expert learners come
   up with new processes. See below for more information on expert learners.

      Emerging (Universal Interventions)
      Proficient (Selected and Targeted)
      Expert (Selected and Targeted)

       Characteristics of Expert Learner (Abstraction)
        Learner will have full inclusion of all aspects of learning, total integration into all curricular
        Learner will develop original solutions to problems
        Learner will recognize and perform related learning
        Learner will create a personal classification system for the learning
        Learner needs to integrate and change the knowledge

       Instructional Needs of the Expert Learner
       Student Needs:
        No longer needs mediation to learn or very little
        Changes thoughts to a symbol system
        Can form inferences
        Has the ability to formulate complex abstract theories
        Is a reflective learner
        Probability of occurrence is understood
        Is logical, systematic, and abstract
      Teacher Role:
       Guide on the side
       Offer multiple sources for acquisition of knowledge
       Project management
       Access to other experts

      Instructional Formats for Expert Learners
       Problem Based Learning
       Parallel Curriculum
       Simulations
       Long-Term Intense Interest
       Technology integration
       Career applications, professional use of learning
       Multi-media projects
       Self-Assessment
       Performance Assessments
       Problem Solving
       Compaction
       William and Mary Units
Research done by Susan Haydock, Ph.D.

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