Every now and then, a graduating student writes a Review that we believe really captures what we try to do. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and try to explain why we think they are so appropriate. This one is from a Dip VET student.
AJ: What did he say?
It was an awesome experience doing the assessment. It helped me to accumulate new ideas and knowledge based on my previous learnings and experience.
Why did this particular testimonial comment get our attention?
Don’t you love doing a task that you can really sink your teeth into? A task that is both familiar yet challenging? A task that pushes you beyond what you already know into new discoveries – not only about the subject at hand, but about yourself and what you are capable of?
AJ – I think what you experienced is the Zone of Proximal Development… This is the zone of true engagement and true learning – and, like AJ mentioned, it feels “awesome”.
The Zone of Proximal Development is a concept developed by Lev Vygotsky – it is used to explain the difference between what someone can do independently and what they can do with guidance. It’s the distance between “yeah – this is easy; I’m bored” and “I cannot do this; I’m anxious”. The image below presents it very simply:
At Fortress Learning, we recognise the experience, skills and knowledge that students bring with them. Some students enrol with no understanding whatsoever of the VET world, and yet other students have lived and breathed VET for decades.
Our Assessment Instruments are designed to cater for all of our students, so that all may enter The Zone. Essentially, we approach our students with:
Where are you at? (the green part of the graph above)
OK, then – let’s start there and go further. I’ll help you (the purple zone) …
… until you can do this on your own (blue = mastery).
Sound good? Sounds “awesome”!