Year 10 - The Enlightenment Scholars
The Enlightenment scholars of the 18th and 19th centuries believed that to be a truly enlightened human being you needed to use reason to uncover the answers to true understanding.
The Enlightenment at MLC School is a Special Collaborative Learning Project just for Year 10 and completed in the final weeks of Term 4. It is designed to enable students to:
- Develop the research skills required for Year 11 and Year 12 study
- Experience the project management required for many aspects of senior study – whether the IB Diploma or HSC
- Negotiate their learning by choosing a focus area, appropriate methods of research, and ways of communicating results to a wider audience
We know that for learning to be successful – particularly in Year 11 and Year 12 – it is critical for students to be motivated and responsible for directing their learning. Just expecting to be handed notes to rote learn, to then reproduce facts and quotes from others is not effective 'learning'.
Engagement, and then success, in learning comes when students choose and own what they want to investigate – when they are fascinated by concepts or the answers to questions or radical and new ideas.
This is why we take three weeks in Term 4 of Year 10 to hold an Enlightenment. During this time students hear guest speakers and then complete an intense out of timetable research project of their choice. A Year 10 student reference group spends months beforehand setting up ideas and questions to provoke and challenge the girls' interest.
In the style of true independent research and investigation students, and their teacher advisers, negotiate protocols, roles, responsibilities and then the research gets underway. It is a very different way of learning anywhere, any time, outside the classroom.