GMTS.BIKE "Leading the way in rider training"
Our Standard is about helping and supporting someone learning to properly acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to ride safely and responsibly throughout their riding career. This means that the Standard is not just about teaching a learner to pass a test. Instead, it is about developing the learner’s competence and their willingness to continue the learning process beyond their test.
In the context of learning to ride, the instructor brings to the learning process their hard-earned knowledge, understanding and experience. If they rely simply on telling the latter what they should do they will probably be able to teach them enough to pass the test. This is presently common place among many ATB’s teaching CBT and Direct Access for example. However, all the evidence suggests that learners in this sort of relationship do not really change the way they think and quickly forget what they have been taught. Their skills can fall quickly by the wayside. There is a better chance of long-lasting change in understanding and skills if, the instructor
- Presents their knowledge, understanding and experience clearly and effectively
- Listen’s to the learner’s reactions to that input
- Helps the learner to identify any obstacles to understanding and change
- Supports the learner to identify strategies for overcoming those obstacles for themselves
This is recognised in the teaching and learning environment as ‘client or student centred learning’. It is extremely productive. The outcome of the learning process should be that the learner has developed a safe and responsible method which they can apply consistently and reliably; not that they have learnt any one specified method.