Theoretical Foundation Paper

Background of the problem

Blended learning has become the latest educational program that has made an impact in the present classroom. According to scholars, this kind of learning uses technology to combine both in-class and out-of-class learning improving the educational impact for the students. Rachael cited that blended learning offers them more flexible delivery options based on the content and capabilities of the students. This means that the teachers are able to focus on the student understanding rather than delivery methods.  The researchers have gone an extra mile to find out what benefits do blended learning offer staff and students and whether it can work alongside traditional teaching methods.

Skelton (2017) in the study focused on analyzing the standardized test scores to find out the effectiveness of the blended learning process in an alternative educational setting. Moreover, the study performed by Wilson (2017) uses data obtained from the teachers to assist in determining its effectiveness. However, the problem statement of my dissertation is the absence of the voice of the student in finding out the effectiveness of the blended learning model in school. It is imperative that voice of the student is neglected in the study.

Theoretical foundation

A theoretical framework is able to connect a researcher to the existing knowledge and the pertinent theory can be used as the basis for a research hypothesis and also the choice of a research methodology. The theory represents one of the greatest ideas in the field of education. For example, if our efforts in reforming education for all the students are to outstanding, then we must be able to focus on students.

I am interested in performing a one on one interview, the open-ended surveys and also performing a focus group in the study to provide the information. Basically, the study will be giving information on the views and also the attitudes of the school teachers within the respondent’s natural environment in a given aspect.

Review of the literature topic

Blending learning models

The model combines the power of the teachers with the power of technology in order to establish a new learning dynamic that assists students to reach their potential and achieve their goal in regards to academics. There are various models provided by these models. The flex model is where online learning is the backbone of the student’s learning experience which takes place in the current institution. The rotational model starts with a teacher-fronted approach and creates an additional aspect of the learning component. This model assists us to understand the reinforced form of education from the traditional one as an added factor. It assists in the understanding the role of technology to improve the performance of education system as a transformational factor. Therefore, we are able to create the distinction and the role of the blended learning process.

Research questions

Therefore, I will address this gap by asking these questions;

1.    What are the roles of the students in the blended learning process?

2.    If the blended learning model impacts the student directly, then the way could they be able to assist in the study process in understanding the role of the technique in their world?

References

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Skelton, R. R. G. (2017). Effectiveness of Blended Learning in a Rural Alternative Education School Setting. Liberty University.

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Vygotsky, L. (1987). Zone of proximal development. Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes, 5291, 157.

Wilson, K. S. (2017). Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme-Tertiary Tuition and Beyond: Transitioning with Strengths and Promoting Opportunities.