I chose to study and analyze "Quantum Learning K-12" model because the principle objective of this model is aimed at integrating life skills into the curriculum; make content relevant and interesting; integrate technology and software into the classroom; and the target population is up to high school level starting from the elementary level. Especially, the model's beliefs that (1) all people can learn; (2) people learn differently; and (3) learning is effective when it is engaging and challenging are true to fact and realistic.
The Quantum Learning model proposed by Bobbi DePorter, and Rosa Davis, originated during a SuperCamp academic and life skills youth program in 1982. This program adopted by 80 schools in 11 states, was staged off in 1991. The "Quantum Learning" model was basically designed to achieve life skills in tandem with school education, foster dynamic and challenging environment, increase teacher strength, and enhance student's achievement. The model components encompass a wide range of aspects such as enhancing leadership qualities, cognitive psychology, research-oriented teaching methods, involving parents and community, measuring performance through evaluation, and primarily making content relevant and meaningful in relation to student's life.
A comprehensive 40 hours of teacher training program that includes sessions such as classroom management and coaching, reinforcement programs, thoroughly provide ample training and strengthen teacher's understanding of the program. An online Quantum Learning Bulletin Board connects all the teachers by way of posting questions and sharing ideas.
The model also facilitates in using Atlas, a curriculum mapping Web application that help in keeping track of educational goals in line with the state's standards, and in adopting best practices etc. The plausibility of model was also established through a research conducted in 18 schools in four states by Ben and Associates in 2003 to study the success rate of quantum model, which indicated that students under the guidance of teachers trained under quantum learning displayed significant results when compared to non-participant students in the model. A periodical review is also carried out to assess the teachers' performance and the model's viability through an evaluation.
In conclusion, looking at the costs involved in adopting the model, financial investment does not seem to be a major constraint as after assuming an increase of 5% per year over the
base cost figures for the year 2004, the costs for the first year will be about $183,000 and for the two subsequent years the costs are estimated at $ 85,000 and $40,000 respectively.
Limitations of the Model
However, before delving to implement the model, it is equally important to look at the drawbacks and rationale of the model. Firstly, the task lies in identifying the curriculum that corroborates life's skills. Secondly, keeping in view the volatility of the social environment, the curriculum needs to be periodically updated so as make it relevant and mea