higher order thinking

Revealing research into higher order thinking and unconventional education methods have exploded in recent years, with the culmination of many schools changing their curriculum to suit the needs of students. Psychology research into education methods continue to debate whether or not the conventional approach to education is still valuable in a world of fast-moving technology. Some argue that the old paradigm of feeding students information and having them repeat this on exams and in assignments may not be the best way to educate the up-and-coming generations. In fact, many continue to believe that there are better ways of instructing students in every aspect of education, and most of this instruction lies solely on the student.

Some schools across the world are adopting a new approach to learning, one that allows students to learn through discovery, rather than through lecture. One study showed that children, who were given a specific toy with a variety of components, were able to discover more components and functions of the toy when they weren’t given any information about the toy. This was compared to a group of children who were told about the toy and what it could do, which subsequently resulted in the group of children discovering less about the toy than the non-interference group.

Many schools are currently receiving grants from universities and independent research centers to see if this method of education really does help children, as well as adults, learn more fully. This approach to learning allows students to surround an object or subject, giving them full reign over the object or subject. Rather than an instructor telling them or teaching them about the subject before them, students are to discover aspects of it they otherwise would not observe. Although some see this non-interference approach as a lazy way of teaching, others see it as a new and revolutionary style of education.

Psychologists have been debating for years on how to increase overall wellbeing and harmony in the classroom, considering that conventional education only approaches one style of teaching towards students containing a diverse learning style. More research, however, is needed to obtain a clear and definite approach to this “revolutionary” style of education. Luckily, elementary schools and universities alike are incorporating this new form of learning into their curriculum, albeit slowly. With more and more educators coming on board, educators will likely notice which direction to take in the future.