Provides flexibility for teachers to meet the needs of all students.
Allows students to work at their own ability which will challenge all students.
Students are not forced into completing tasks since tasks are negotiated between teacher and students
Students are not doing ‘meaningless’ work.
In summary, learning contracts are useful tools that encourage students to become active participants in their learning. Education has to be an active rather than passive process. To be active, students must participate in the process of education and become more independent and responsible for their own learning.
There are many benefits to the use of learning contracts. They provide a way to deal with the wide differences among any group of learners, increase student motivation for learning, facilitate the development of mutual respect between the educator and participants, provide for more individualized mode of instruction, and foster the skills of self-directedness (Knowles, 1986).
Our traditional methods of teaching allow students to be passive in their education. They attend classes and the knowledge is presented to them by the instructor. To be active, students must participate in the process of education and become more independent and responsible for their own learning. They must develop the skills of inquiry. The use of learning contracts allows the student to structure their own learning; to be an active participant in the process of education.