Mastery Learningby: Kelly Morgan

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The key to mastery learning is that students are required to show mastery of a concept before they are allowed to move on to the next concept. The teacher determines at what level the mastery must be accomplished—for example, 100%, 80%, or 70%. Students are given opportunities to learn the material through a variety of instructional strategies and then take the quiz. If students do not show mastery of the concept, then they are given additional instruction or resources and allowed to take the quiz (usually in another form) again. Mastery learning can be either teacher-paced or student-paced, or a blend of the two. The various forms of a mastery class will be discussed in greater depth in Chapters 4 and 5 of this book. This free selection includes the Table of Contents and the Index.

Grades
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High
Publication Date
1/1/2011

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Reviews (4)
  • on Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:26 AM

I really liked this book. It gave a good overview of the history and research supporting mastery learning and then gives much practical information on the different ways it can be applied in the science classroom. A must read for those considering a move to mastery learning.

Rebecca Falin  (Elizabeth, WV)
Rebecca Falin (Elizabeth, WV)

  • on Tue May 10, 2011 5:56 PM

Mastery learning is a classroom approach based on the concept of holding every student to a standard of performance. Students who are able to move along quicker are allowed to proceed as they demonstrate mastery. Students who are not achieving mastery get additional scaffolding and instructor support. In Chapter 2 the author discusses the data from case studies comparing mastery learning to traditional classrooms. The author also discusses the evolution of mastery learning, and why it is not a mainstream practice today.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

  • on Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:56 PM

This chapter of the book about Mastery Learning described exactly what Mastery Learning is. I would've liked to see the article go more into depth about what a typical day in the Mastery Learning classroom would look like, but maybe another chapter in that book does. I enjoyed reading how this holds students accountable to mastering certain standards and skill as well as not holding anyone back. Using Mastery Learning would be fantastic in a science classroom because it would really allow for students to learn through inquiry.

Victoria Wilt
Victoria Wilt

  • on Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:56 PM

This chapter of the book about Mastery Learning described exactly what Mastery Learning is. I would've liked to see the article go more into depth about what a typical day in the Mastery Learning classroom would look like, but maybe another chapter in that book does. I enjoyed reading how this holds students accountable to mastering certain standards and skill as well as not holding anyone back. Using Mastery Learning would be fantastic in a science classroom because it would really allow for students to learn through inquiry.

Victoria Wilt
Victoria Wilt


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