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EducationA Learners' View (ALV)ALV (a Learners' View) in a Nutshell

ALV (a Learners’ View) in a Nutshell

A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.


A Learners’ View (ALV) is to Learning as Do-Re-Mi is to Music. (ALV T-Shirt Wisdom)

Main Page: Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning

Theme: Teachers show learners how the most accomplished people connect dots to solve problems, that is to learn.



FROM A LEARNERS’ VIEW (ALV) OF TEACHING AND LEARNING, the answer is, people make choices while learning. ALV represents a simple name for the minimum of what is common across more than a century of studies of learning reported by experimental behavioral and social scientists. They have described choices as a minimum number of parts, as in a puzzle, that go together to reveal a social structure of learning and its uses in society. This view is not a usual version of teaching-and-learning.

ALV describes learning as making choices that connect two dots. Learners choose how and when to identify dots and ways to connect them. Through choices, learners control their learning and other aspects of social life. We call this structure a learners’ view of learning.

In schools, when learning occurs, instruction matches choices of learners.  Teachers manage their lessons in ways that influence the rate, amount of increase, and depth of learning, that is, the likelihood of learning occurring as expected for the lesson.

Teachers show learners how (which choices to make) to connect dots to learn teachers’ lessons. In this way, teachers can accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning promptly and sometimes dramatically. This can save time and trial-and-errors for learners. Such efficiency allows teachers to show learners how to learn more lessons than if they have to recreate what someone else can show them how to do. Arguably, efficient learning leads to increased creativity of learners as their lessons clarify what the most accomplish people in society do.

We encourage you to read descriptions of ALV and look forward to reading your comments about it.


  1. Detailed Contents of Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning
  2. Living in a Learners’ World
  3. Meet Ima Learner

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Last Edited: June 5, 2015


Robert Heiny
Robert Heinyhttp://www.robertheiny.com
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for TuxReports.com.

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