Personalized Learning Case Studies

Personalized Learning Case Studies

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4237-8.ch009

Abstract

This chapter informs and educates the reader on how the personalized service delivery model is used in a variety of educational settings. Included in this chapter are four case studies from elementary, middle, and high schools. These case studies discuss the demographics of each school as well as explain the structure personalized learning took in each educational setting. Some of the schools used personalized learning only for academics, while others used it for academics as well as behavioral, social, and emotional support. The way that the personalized service delivery model is used in each school varies depending on the students' collective needs.
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Introduction

Research is important when learning about something new. A case study can assist in the learning process by presenting the reader with information about how the topic has been used in a specific scenario. The case studies presented in this chapter provide information about how select schools set up and incorporated the personalized service delivery model into their existing school buildings and programs. Some used what they currently had in place and expanded on it, while others decided to totally start over with a new program, and these studies explain the process they went through in order to develop a functional model.

Like most service delivery models within the educational field, there is no one way to incorporate personalized learning (PL) within a school. The school administration, school team leaders, teachers, parents, students, and community members all have to determine an end goal (e.g., PL for every student) and then figure out how to accomplish it. The personalized service delivery model is not something that can be set up quickly; it requires careful planning, but it is something that should be done so that every student achieves academic success, as these case studies below demonstrate.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Case Study: Research about a specific group or individuals that discusses a specific incident that occurred.

Self-Advocacy: The ability of students, especially students with an exceptionality, to explain to their teachers and employers what their needs are and how those needs can be met. Many students with an identified disability lack abilities in this area.

Collaboration: Working together toward a common goal.

Personalized Learning Plan (PLP): The plan a student and teacher devise together to assist the student with learning and meeting the state standards in a specific content area.

Personalized Service Delivery Model: An educational model wherein the student is in charge of their learning. This may include only learning on the computer or spending part of the day on the computer and part of the day working one-on-one with the teacher or other peers. Students, with the aid of their teacher and school administrator, develop their own learning plan, which must follow the state’s academic standards.

Professional Development: Classes or courses teachers take, for a fee or for free, to improve their teaching skills or to earn another degree This can be done at the school, online, or by attending an actual college class.

Demographics: Information, specifically statistics, related to a group or individual.

Personalized Learning (PL): Developing lessons based on a student’s specific learning needs and interests. It can be used for students with and without an identified disability.

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