By Emmanuel Edukugho
The bane of our educational system is that pupils and students study to pass examinations and not learning to understand and apply knowledge practically and productively. Many people think that they study so they can pass a test. But that is not what learning is about.
That is not why you study. You study to use what you have learned.
Applied scholastics recognises the challenges that teachers and lecturers face in teaching their students. Pressures from school managements, parents, governments, students, poor motivation, deficient welfare, inappropriate salary, lack of incentives, can all take their toll on teachers morale and confidence.
It all began in 1972 through a collaboration between several US educators who started to implement concepts and techniques from the educational writings of Ron Hubbard so successfully. The cornerstone of Hubbardâ€™s learning doctrine is that, â€œas long as children and young men and women find pleasure in study, they will continue studying throughout their lives – and upon that depends their happiness.â€
The teaching and learning methodology now called â€œStudy Technologyâ€ are contained in published materials copyrighted to L. Ron Hubbard Library and linked to current pedagogical research on â€œhow people learn.â€
Found to be vital in the delivery of effective school education, the study Technology equips both the teacher and the student with the interactive learning strategies and techniques which are required for successful classroom practice as well as in professional life thereafter.
According to Dr. Ayinde Benjamin, Director/Country Manager, Applied Scholastics – Nigeria, â€œthe approach enhances the reading, understanding and application ability of pupils and students. Learners who are able to read with understanding are motivated to continue to learn on their own and extend their educational horizons.â€
At a recent press briefing involving the Senior Consultant, Applied Scholastics International (APS) Mr. Ben Runge and Mr. Layiwola Lateef, Country Quality Control Director, APS Nigeria, Benjamin who heads the headquarters located in Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Otto/Ijanikin, said that in order to meet the growing demand for services across nations, Applied Scholalastics has established campuses and centres in various parts of the world, the purpose of which is the training and professional developments of all levels of educators/lecturers and teachers in public and private schools to implement the study technology and thus help to achieve high quality of teaching and learning in our institutions, colleges and schools.
He declared: â€œOur mission also encompasses making our vital tools available to all who wish to learn and teach effectively; ensuring that comprehension by students is achieved. Our aim is to beef up the re-training of primary, junior and secondary school teachers in states of the country as part of our contribution to the Federal Government intervention in re-training of teachers for the Universal Basic Education.â€
The AOCOED centre was opened in November 2006, whose focus is to train teachers, lecturers and everyone that has to do with teaching and learning. In the study technology approach, students will learn ,develop interest and apply what they have learned. Mr. Ben Runge explained that with study technology, learners are not tired because, â€œyou are dealing with understanding, real understanding of what you are studying, and then can apply the knowledge.â€
More centres have been established in Nigeria in collaboration with Applied Scholastics International.
He added that every activity has a language, not just duplication, which can be applied for creativity.
These are located in Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Plateau State; Adeyemi College of Education Ondo, Ondo State, and Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
â€œWith study Technology, the urge for knowledge will stay and expand, not just to pass examinations, but to know – life long learning.
The approach can be applied to any subject one wants to learn. Over 60 countries in the world are using the technique with amazing results.
Benjamin disclosed that the staff school of AOCOED (primary) and the International School are currently in the middle of transformation into the study technology methodology, with use of â€œcheck sheetsâ€ in lesson delivery.
The APS – Nigeria is currently establishing relationship with public and private secondary schools and subject associations in immediate communities. The focus is to have a college sponsored collaboration with the schools in which the teachers will be trained and monitored on a continuous basis to beef-up quality of teaching and learning in them and be models for other schools.