Put Children In The Driving Seat Of Their Own Learning For Better Results

October 5, 2021

Children learn better when they are more active in lessons and have more control over their learning, says a new study.

Hands-on activities, discussions, group work, feedback and using AI-enhanced technology are not only more enjoyable but are more effective than sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher, according to research published today in the journal Science.

And active learning particularly benefits disadvantaged students, reducing the ‘learning gap’ between them and their more advantaged peers.

The findings undermine the case for ‘direct instruction’, which has seen a surge in popularity in recent years as part of a return to a more traditional approach to teaching.

While active learning encourages students to think for themselves, direct instruction, as its name suggests, prioritizes students listening to teachers as the primary method of teaching.

But, as a team led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University discovered, direct instruction is not necessarily the most effective way for children to learn.

 

View the full article from Forbes: "Put Children In The Driving Seat Of Their Own Learning For Better Results"

HCII researchers: Nesra Yannier, Scott Hudson, Ken Koedinger