Nov 16 2013
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.