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The Importance Of Active Learning On Child Development

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Another object I had placed in the feely box to represent the feeling of ‘soft’ was a scarf. Please see appendix x for details. The children knew that the scarf felt ‘soft’ to them as remarked by Anna, ‘the scarf feels soft in my hands and it also has to be soft to wear it around our necks. We wear it to keep us warm, mummy has a scarf she has been wearing it because it is getting cold. Anna has used a prior experience to build on her existing schema to achieve new learning. Wittrock (1986) identified active learning as a vital part of child development. Wittrock (1986) theorised that classroom learning will flourish when pupils create a relationship between themselves and their environment. This implies that is it through active learning…show more content…
The children engaged well with the elicitation task and I managed to document the learning that took place. Oliver (2013) outlines that children’s early learning in the domain of science begins with the exploration that is experimental in nature and learning should be underpinned through ‘hands on and minds on’. I thought that working with a group of six children of mixed ability was effective. Child B and D seemed disengaged at the start of the session due to shyness; I gave them positive reinforcement as suggested by Skinner, who advocates it is a key part of learning. Their friends also encouraged them by offering their ideas and they used peer scaffolding to develop the learning. Harlen and Qualter (2004) argue that we enhance practical experiences in science through discussion with others, as children need opportunities to think about that what they are doing and why they are doing it. As a practitioner my role was to unravel the children’s ideas and experiences and compare it to the thoughts of others and help them realise their potential. This is a different approach to the Piagetian modal to teaching, where the role of the adult is to assess where the child should
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