From July to November 2018 an Edushift Poll was available for anyone wishing to complete the following statement:

“In shifting to personalized service for students, our

educational systems need……”

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this Edushift Poll.

The following graph offers an overview of the responses received.

  

The Edushift opinion poll was introduced so that a variety of perspectives could be received to frame “the how” associated with a shift to personalized education systems. Twenty-six people responded to the poll.

In addition to providing an open-ended response to the central question, participants could indicate their connection to education via a radio button response and offer additional comments via another open-ended dialogue box.

 

The following table provides a more detailed breakdown of the responses received. You will notice that the total number (43) of theme responses exceeds the total number of participants. That is because many poll respondents provided more than one comment.   

meeting the needs and interests of every student. That’s what personalized education systems are intended to do.

But again, Edushift is about getting at “the how” –  to help our educational systems move forward; to become learning systems. So, is there a common thread between each of the three themes? Yes, there is.

It may seem obvious, but structural and resource allocation strategies that address the needs and interests of students need to be driven by the information and perspectives of students. It’s that simple and that complicated. We can, and will, get into the details. But in the meantime, let’s agree to work together with the correct system perspective.  

Thank you Edushift Opinion Pollers!

Questions or Comments? Feel free to join the conversation.

As suggested above, the three themes represent a compilation of the various responses received from the two open-ended dialogue boxes of the poll. For example, the theme of resource allocation accounts for four specific responses as follows:

“In shifting to personalized service for students, our educational systems need……”

 

  • More educators!

  • to reduce the size of classes.

  • more teachers with the accurate background are needed - less students per teacher.

  • to transform and move away from the "sameness" of curriculum, instruction, staffing and budgets.

 

The theme related to structural issues accounts for 22 responses including, but not limited to, the following examples:

“In shifting to personalized service for students, our educational systems need……”

 

  • to move from a factory approach to a healthy family model.

  • to be knocked out of its complacency and adapted to the needs of 21st Century society.

  • acquisition of knowledge within a finite number of hours should no longer be the benchmark of a quality education.

 

The theme related to the needs and interests of students accounts for 17 responses including, but not limited to, the following examples:

“In shifting to personalized service for students, our educational systems need……”

 

  • to focus on each individual’s particular learning style and teach to that specific need.

  • to meet the needs of every learner, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

  • to see the student as a whole person.

How interesting and useful it is to see how all of the poll responses can be collapsed into only three themes - each interconnected with the others. Strategic resource allocations and structural changes are necessary to address the essential concept of personalization - which is about

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