AEDT 563

Lesson 1

“A good competition should challenge the participants to give their best, or preferably more than that.” (Verhoeff) Instructor: Joy Iris-Wilbanks

Key points
• What does it mean? • Healthy vs. Unhealthy forms • Positive outcomes and goals • Structured, fun

Meaning:
Great tool to help students ignite their passion for learning and bring about different forms of learning styles. John Schindler (2013) advocates that competition can “increase the level of performance expected in students which may potentially help refine their skills” and that it “can potentially provide a dimension that can reinforce group interdependence and / or team skills.”

Reflection
How have you experienced competition in the past or currently in your adult education? Has it been positive or negative?

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Forms
“When taken together we could conclude that the most healthy and beneficial competitions are those that are…for exclusively symbolic value.” (Schindler)

Healthy:
• • • • • • Goal is to have fun Emphasis on the process not the product Valuable experiences Short duration with a lot of high energy No long-term effects Symbolic value

Unhealthy:
• • • • • Real winners and losers Becomes a burden instead of fun “Learning task is characterized as a means to an end…” (Schindler) Create blame and resentment Students get social capital

Get the Timing Right
“We might think of competition in the classroom as we do a timed or public performance – it raises the level of threat in a situation.” (Schindler) Good = skills or knowledge are already internalized Bad = learning is still occurring and the students need to make more conscious effort to produce information 2

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