THE BENEFITS OF A PERSONALISED SYSTEM OF INSTRUCTION (PSI)

Personalised System of Instruction (PSI) was first described by Fred Keller in ‘Good-bye Teacher’, an article published in the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis in 1968. The system is composed of small, self-paced, modularised units of instruction where study guides direct learners through the modules. Unit tests are given on each module, and learners must show mastery by scoring at least 90% before they can continue on the programme.

Accelerated Education Enterprises (AEE) provides a PSI product in the form of curricula and support through the AEE Association to a wide range of schools. These include traditional mainstream schools from pre-school through to high school, mission schools and home schools.

What are the benefits of a PSI programme?

There are numerous benefits of using a modern PSI approach to education.  At the core of the system is the principle that time is a key variable in learning, and that each child requires a different amount of time to grasp and master different concepts and content across the varying curriculum subjects.  Working on a PSI system allows the learner to work at his or her own pace in each subject, taking responsibility for the amount of time that they allocate to each task.  Importantly, a learner may not move on from a module until he or she has achieved mastery in a scored test. Allowing learners adequate time and varying instructional resources enables them to apply themselves to the study requirement without the pressure of moving onto new, more advanced content while there are gaps in their understanding.

The end-to-end PSI education solutions implemented by Accelerated Education Enterprises meet world-class standards and are designed to include character and wisdom-building units for life and living.

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