Mirror | ‘Discovery learning’

The upcoming series of the Mirror will be very much following this philosophy, I feel, of ‘discovery learning.’

Here is a bit from Wikipedia’s site, on ‘Discovery Learning’. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_learning

‘Discovery learning is… also referred to as problem-based learning, experiential learning and 21st century learning. Jerome Bruner…argues that “Practice in discovering for oneself teaches one to acquire information in a way that makes that information more readily viable in problem solving”.

‘This philosophy later became the discovery learning movement of the 1960s. The mantra of this philosophical movement suggests that people should “learn by doing”… a discovery learning task can range from implicit pattern detection, to the elicitation of explanations and working through manuals to conducting simulations. Discovery learning can occur whenever the student is not provided with an exact answer but rather the materials in order to find the answer themselves. Discovery learning takes place in problem solving situations where the learner draws on his own experience and prior knowledge and is a method of instruction through which students interact with their environment by exploring and manipulating objects, wrestling with questions and controversies, or performing experiments.

‘Discovery-based learning is typically characterized by having minimal teacher guidance, fewer teacher explanations, solving problems with multiple solutions, use of hand-on materials, minimal repetition and memorization.’

Some characteristics of it are:

  • Teacher guidance where the emphasis is on building upon students’ reasoning and connecting to their experiences
  • Classroom culture where there is a shared sense of purpose between teacher and students, where open-mindedness and dialogue are encouraged
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions, inquire through exploration and collaborate with teacher and peers