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Autonomous Learner Model

The Autonomous Learner Model (ALM) was 

developed specifically to meet the diversified 

cognitive, emotional, and social needs of 


While it was originally developed for gifted 

learners, it has proven to be effective in 

developing life-long learning for all students.                                      

(From Autonomous Learner Model Optimizing Ability
Betts and Kercher, 1999)

An autonomous learner, by definition, is “one who solves problems or develops new ideas 

through a combination of divergent and convergent thinking and functions with minimal 

external guidance in selected areas of endeavor.”
(Betts & Knapp, 1981)

Dr. George Betts is one of Jefferson Counties Own Gifted and 

Talented teachers.  He is also one of the creators and researchers who 

founded The Autonomous Learner Model.  

This amazing Model is what is being used at the Gifted Center High School, Wheat Ridge High

Jaime Peters,
Aug 30, 2017, 2:35 PM