Split by hand Can adapt to peculiarities of each piece But more time consuming and less consistent dimensions
Question: Is consistent dimension the most important measure of a canoe rib? Or are flexibility and durability more important?
Apply the analogy to students What are the most important qualities students will have on completion of a unit/course/program?
What functions should they be able to perform under what conditions?
How critical are undetected weaknesses? Will the student float? Survive the rapids?
How important are the precise dimensions of the canoe to its ability to function successfully? It must have sufficient length, depth, width and shape to carry its intended passengers and cargo, but there are many suitable variations
Does the way we design courses, classrooms and assessment allow for this variability?
Or do we push everything through a pre-set jig and expect to discard a certain percentage as substandard and unusable?
The factory model Groups of students Common curriculum Scheduled time/duration Standardized exams Focus on acquisition of a common set of facts/knowledge/skills Time is fixed, level of success is variable
The artisan model Pre-assessment Individual projects Office hours (personal contact) Focus on development of interest, unique abilities Time required to achieve success is variable