HomeHCDC Faculty Research Journalvol. 11 no. 1 (2009)

Multi-Age Education of Brainworks School: An Alternative Learning System

Rachel R. Amparo | Syren T. Diaz

Discipline: Education



The study aimed to describe how multi-age education is implemented in Brainworks School from the perspectives of teachers, pupils, students and parents. It used a qualitative research design in approaching the study‟s objectives. The theoretical and conceptual framework formed the basis of the prepared interview guide and observation guide. In addition to interviews, classroom observations were made. Finally, official school documents were analyzed. Results showed that teachers and students viewed multi-age education as an alternative learning system because it encourages personalized teaching, peer teaching and cooperative learning as different from teaching and learning in most conventional schools. Analysis of documents showed that parents viewed multi-aged education as a system where their children receive personalized, non-traditional education as very different from their children‟s previous schools. A new theoretical understanding to multi-age education is established in this study. In the Brainworks School; the parents expect and look for alternative ways of educating their children, the teachers are well-trained in using these alternative ways of teaching, and that the children grew accustomed to and sought more of these alternative ways of learning.