Practical Learning Vs Academic Learning Courses

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When it comes to deciding if practical learning or academic learning is better, it really comes down to the individual. Academic learning that is comprised of the standard public school into community college or universities may be the more common approach, but it’s certainly not for everyone. That said, it still serves many people well. That type of standardized learning may be too generalized in many instances. However, in some cases, specialized workshops might be more effective than lectures. It does not mean that one is better than the other, but that different industries and skills warrant a different kind of training and instruction.

Academic learning, while it does include the likes of private schools, is often incredibly general and broad in its scope. Most people enter public schools and learn the same thing as every other student. Many perfectly successful people arise from this sort of school system, but the fact that not everyone learns at the same pace has lead to criticism over the basic approach. It also harbors a style of learning where students cram as much of what they need in at the time for the next upcoming test only to forget it soon after. Of course, an example of where this kind of training is ideal is in the sciences such as engineering or medicine. These fields often require the students to learn a vast amount of theoretical knowledge which is only possible in this form of training or education.

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Private education providers also have been being aware of these distinctions and provide the kind of the courses that their students want. They also have a responsibility to be aware of the skill demands of the state or city they live in and encourage students to enroll in these courses as they provide more opportunities. There are private institutions that provide facilities for academic learning such as private colleges and then there are businesses that provide education to earn extra income. Local businesses have the opportunity to provide practical education courses (that must be accredited by the regulatory body) in the field that they specialize in. An example of this is a local Australian beekeeping business Bec’s Bee Hive that sells beekeeping supplies but also holds a local beginner beekeeping course for hobby beekeepers.

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The social skills learned alongside the typical academic approach areĀ  also invaluable. Introductions to much of the material such as the maths and sciences also lead to lifelong passions for many students. While academic learning is not for everyone, it does have many positives despite some of the glaring flaws in the likes of the public school systems.

Practical learning is a lot more focused of course, and can more easily allow someone to focus on their passion and what they have a natural aptitude from the start. If you focus on honing your craft rather than spreading your education over a wide spectrum of topics, you may find yourself better prepared to excel in the job market since it’s all so narrowed down. The earnings of workers that specialize in trades are also much higher than many people may assume. This is the kind of training that has a direct impact on the students’ job opportunities and prospects. In fact, several academic-heavy courses such as nursing and physiotherapy now include practical job placements where students have to shadow actual professionals in that particular field so they can learn how to apply the theory that they have been learning in college. This video explains a bit more:

Without a strong basis in “general” education, though, certain key elements of fitting into the current social structure may not be as strong. It’s an unfortunate downside, but only a potential one rather than something guaranteed. Ultimately, the practical approach can still turn out perfectly well-rounded individuals. Ultimately, it all comes down to a clear divide; the practical study is best for some, while the academic study is best for others.

Education In Fitness & Weight Loss Industry

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Education has evolved in across the board over the last several decades. As we discussed in our recent article, the introduction of technology has made a large impact on how colleges and schools run their programs. But technology is not the only factor that has played a large part in the how educational institutions have evolved.

Maintaining Supply to Demand Ratio of Skills

Another major part of the equation is the supply to demand ratio of various skills in the country and the economy. Educational institutions (even the private ones) are more or less governed by policies which are under the control of Government. And the Government of a country usually changes and adapts the policies based on the needs of the country. And this causes a ripple effect all the way down to how the courses the run, which ones are advertised more of and less of and which ones gets subsidized or reduced fees.

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Australian Health Industry Changes

In Australia, the government started making more effort in the last 5-6 years to encourage people to study more in the healthy sector. Not just the health industry for professions such as nursing, but also Well-being, so the people would be more health conscious. As a result, there was a surge in courses being offered for personal training and health advice. However, some of these courses have not been comprehensive and one could argue that a lot of them were worked on quantity rather than quality, thus abused by private institutions to take advantage of the government subsidy.

These courses are not very educational or thorough and typically last only for a few weeks. Compared to some years ago, it has become much easier in Australia for one to become a personal trainer. But one has to wonder what the education and competence of these graduates are. It is most advisable if you are looking to get personal training for yourself or someone you know, to choose fitness coaching experts who have been in the industry for several years and have the experience and credibility to show for it.

Of course, location is also important when choosing a trainer. Most people want to find someone who is located conveniently close to their homes so that the amount of time they would spend on a commute would be minimized. Astute Fitness is a great example of local personal trainers who have been in the industry for several years and have the track record of providing a great service for their clients. See some of their reviews on the Astute Fitness – Yelp page. They are based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, in Hawthorn.

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Weight Loss Industry

The weight loss industry is inundated daily with new products that promise to solve problems that can only be solved by consistent effort. And this is the real reason people hire personal trainers. So that they have someone to encourage them in times of need. They also help people who have busy schedules and work lives to basically let someone else do their planning and set up their dietary programs so that they can simply follow it and be results orientated.

Although weight loss and personal training are not the types of fields that require a year-long education with excessive theory, educational institutions also have to keep in mind that they need to produce quality graduates, not just for ethical reasons but also to maintain their reputation. As such, some basic lessons in theory and science of muscles and weight loss could be improved than what is being taught in current courses. Practical education is almost non-existent in these courses. It has been proven repeatedly by several studies that practice and indulging in the activity is the best way to teach students. However, this is not a large part of these PT courses.

Maintaining the demand and supply of skills is very important for our economy to run smoothly. However, in doing so, we must also strive to maintain a standard of quality so that the population and the industry do not suffer as a consequence.

Effects Of Technology On Education Systems

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A few decades ago, education systems were not a major topic of discussion because there simply weren’t as many. Most schools even today operate by the traditional systems that have been in place for several years. Of course, research has been done and improvements have been made but the premise has rarely been questioned and every time it is, it is met with a lot of resistance. So a change in the field of education and the way that schools operate is quite a heavy topic these days.

One of the major changes in the last few decades, however,r is the introduction of e-learning. This, of course, is a result of the Internet becoming such a large part of our lives. As such, this has also brought a whole lot of opportunities and opened many doors. Where education was not an option before, for financial or geographical reasons, education can now be made readily available for a rather cheap price. There are even initiatives taken up by non-profit organizations as well as some of the biggest universities in the world, to make e-learning education available for free in certain impoverished countries.

On the other hand, e-learning has also been greatly beneficial for the private sector where companies are able to do a lot of their training online. For examples, in Australia, most hospitals have started e-learning modules for their nursing and medical staff so they are able to keep up with their Continues professional development through an online course. This saves time and money for both the staff and the hospital. With the kind of workforce that can be spread across multiple countries, companies are turning to online content delivery systems to bring training to the employees without having to worry about traveling or instructor expenses.

In schools and primary education setting, technology is being used more than it ever has been. Students are required to work through their laptops to do homework and use dedicated software to submit their assignments. Systems are in place that prevents plagiarism and cheating. It is arguable if this sort of instruction will be more beneficial for younger students relative to the traditional form of instruction that does not involve the use of technology and devices as much. So the question then is, how do be monitor the relative effects?

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Technology has also made a large impact on other forms of education or instruction, such as personal coaching and consulting. For example, consultants in various fields are now able to do their sessions remotely in most professions and charging the same amount of money. However, it is much more time-efficient as they do not have to attend physically. On the other hand, in some cases practical applications and immersion is necessary in order to teach effective. Check out our recent article about the changes in PT courses and how they need to be improved.

In some cases, the systems and channels of education have evolved to become more effective and in others (such as primary schools), it is arguable that technology is doing more harm than good. More research and data is required to be able to reach conclusions and make changes. But as long as the topics are open for discussion, anything is possible.