Implementing Innovative Learning Methods: A Two Schools Example

Argyropoulou Maria, 4th General High School of Patras, Chiotelis Ioannis, Experimental High School of University of Patras, Theodoropoulou Maria, George Birbas, General High School of Pelopio, Greece

Abstract

Applying new innovative learning methods in schools can strongly influence and reform them. We questioned ourselves how these innovative educational approaches can reform an urban and a rural school respectively. We selected an urban school, a Model Experimental School and a typical rural High School in Greek countryside. We applied almost the same innovative approaches to both schools inquiring gradually the changes. In the case of the urban school new education methods were applied in order to raise students’ interest, while in the case of the Experimental School has to do with its fundamentals and basic principles. Students attending a Model Experimental School are in general willing to take part into educational programs and innovative projects. We detected that the rural school reformed rapidly, achieving gradually some of its pronounced educational goals. Teachers and students developed working groups and organized Astronomical, Environmental events and Drama performances joining thus the rural school with the local society. On the other hand at the Model Experimental School, all these activities regarded as obligatory activities. We concluded that the urban school reformed itself, but not as fast and mainly as crucial as the rural school did.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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