STAR Legacy Model: A Framework
Group One
  • STAR Legacy, concerned about the prevalence of inert knowledge, develops a constructivist instructional model that is problem-based. Constructivist models of instruction, however, are not without risks: The engagement of students may be mistaken for learning. The progress of individuals and groups should be frequently checked. Instructors should not be reluctant to assign fact-based readings or lectures, which, under ideal circumstances, can stimulate learning. Problem-based learning is most effective when teachers and students form learning communities.
  • Four types of learning environments are likely to enhance learning. These are: Learner-centered models that focus on the knowledge that students bring from their experiences; knowledge-centered environments, organized around core concepts, stimulate further learning; community-centered environments create a sense of student-teacher collaboration, which is reinforced by teacher-student assessment.
  • To integrate the four ideal types of learning environments discussed above, we need an Instructional Design that is Flexibly Adaptive. That is, teachers must tailor learning activities to the setting, accommodating students’ prior knowledge and skills; teachers should focus on core knowledge; The model should be learner-centered, yet students’ knowledge and understanding should be assessed frequently.
  • STAR Legacy framework, which is easy to modify, promotes flexibility; it includes software that is easy to use; it enables students to move on to greater intellectual challenges, to generate ideas, to compare them with others, and to reflect critically on their learning process and to look forward.