|My 10th grade students collaborating|
So this past week I had some information conversations with my former students. When I asked students what they thought about the 20% research project, four of the five students I spoke with responded that they like the opportunity to learn something that they usually did not get to study in school or that they liked being able to select their own topic without having to chose from a list. One of the students responded that he liked that he could learn in depth about a topic of his choice. Another student liked that she could choose the way in which she shared what she learned and with whom she shared it. So, the idea of choice has started to guide some of my initial research.
|Graphic found on the NCSL's site|
|Click to view the larger size of Lindy McKeown Orwin's image at TeachThought|
As I learn more about the tenets of heutagogy, I see this as being a framework for my research on my students' engagement in their 20% time research project.
I wonder if other educators are also using heutagogy in the development of their curriculum. I would love to hear from you!