Teaching … The Other Way Round?Posted: October 2, 2013
Came across this really nice video on youtube … about Khan Academy Discovery Lab.
Today, the way children are taught in conventional schools is starting with theory. So, they are taught some theory, and then they get to see the application of this theory. And this is where children sometimes switch off. This is because children are natural at interacting with the world around them, and thats how they learn best. By seeing, by doing, and not by theory.
However, this approach could be a different way of teaching, far more effective. Start with the real world phenomena. Let the children do things which will help them to experience a phenomenon, and once they have had their fun, and are comfortable with the phenomenon, then lead them to the theory behind it, which describes why the phenomenon or experiment they did works in the particular way that it did.
After all, thats what science is all about, isnt it? And by science I mean all subjects which relate to facts, and here observation (whether this be an experiment or discerning patterns in natural phenomena) serves as the basis for theory, which is the tool to explain why things work the way they do. It is a decoding of these phenomena, not their definition. This method, being in synch with the fundamentals