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    Carl Rogers's a humanistic psychologist recommended "nondefensive" learning. Do you feel that you are learning to defend yourself against the teacher's disapproval, or against your classmates, or against bad grades? Are your classmates your allies or competitors?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyhoney View Post
    Carl Rogers's a humanistic psychologist recommended "nondefensive" learning. Do you feel that you are learning to defend yourself against the teacher's disapproval, or against your classmates, or against bad grades? Are your classmates your allies or competitors?
    Do you have a reference for Rogers's "non defensive" learning, or can you provide some context? I'm not familiar with this so I'm not sure what he would have meant by it (though I could make a guess).

    As your question, it is 45 years since I was at school, but my recollection was that in secondary school my classmates were principally allies, though there was also, almost inevitably in any group of people, some rivalry.


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    Carl Rogers (1983) stressed the importance of learner-centered classrooms where the teacher and learners negotiate learning outcomes, engage in discovery learning, and relate the course content to students' reality outside the classroom.
    In adapting Roger's ideas to language teaching and learning, we need to see to it that learners understand themselves and communicate this to others freely and nondefensively. Teachers as facilitators must therefore provide the nurturing context for learners to construct their meanings in interaction with others. When teachers rather programmatically feed students quantities of knowledge, which they subsequently devour, they may foster a climate of defensive learning in which learners try to protect themselves from failure, from criticism, from competition with fellow students, and possibly from punishments. Classroom activities and materials in language learning should therefore utilize meaningful contexts of genuine communication with students engaged together in the process of becoming "persons."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyhoney View Post
    Carl Rogers (1983) stressed the importance of learner-centered classrooms where the teacher and learners negotiate learning outcomes, engage in discovery learning, and relate the course content to students' reality outside the classroom.
    In adapting Roger's ideas to language teaching and learning, we need to see to it that learners understand themselves and communicate this to others freely and nondefensively. Teachers as facilitators must therefore provide the nurturing context for learners to construct their meanings in interaction with others. When teachers rather programmatically feed students quantities of knowledge, which they subsequently devour, they may foster a climate of defensive learning in which learners try to protect themselves from failure, from criticism, from competition with fellow students, and possibly from punishments. Classroom activities and materials in language learning should therefore utilize meaningful contexts of genuine communication with students engaged together in the process of becoming "persons."
    Thanks. So it means rather as I expected. I must say I suspect most teaching these days is more or less modelled on this approach, is it not? Especially with languages, where you need to gain confidence communicating in an alien tongue and are bound to make a lot of errors.

    But of course a teacher does need to get the students to do the work. Learning is not all touchy-feely fun, it requires a certain amount of grind, learning vocabulary, grammar and so on. So a bit of pressure on that front would not seem inappropriate.

    But I am not a teacher. We do have a science teacher in this discussion forum actually. But I don't know about language teaching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyhoney View Post
    Carl Rogers's a humanistic psychologist recommended "nondefensive" learning. Do you feel that you are learning to defend yourself against the teacher's disapproval, or against your classmates, or against bad grades? Are your classmates your allies or competitors?
    If the class is run worthy your classmates are neither. The only one you compete against is a well thought out learning standards.
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