- Jul 2021
A top down view of some learning strategies to begin teasing out which may be better than others.
Are they broadly applicable or domain specific?
What learning methods and pedagogy piece are best and for which domains.
How can we balance learning and doing an overview of theory versus practice?
Which methods are better for beginners versus domain specific experts?
Which are better for overview versus creating new knowledge?
Pure discovery learning is the idea of not giving instructions at all. Simply present the pupil with the problem situation and let them figure it out for themselves. Unfortunately, the research seems to be against this.1 Discovery learning is a lot less efficient than telling people what they ought to do and then getting them to do it.
Discovery learning is less efficient that telling people what to do and then getting them to do it.
Reference: Kirschner, Paul, John Sweller, and Richard E. Clark. “Why unguided learning does not work: An analysis of the failure of discovery learning, problem-based learning, experiential learning and inquiry-based learning.” Educational Psychologist 41, no. 2 (2006): 75-86.
- Oct 2020
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.
This is a neat definition of discovery learning, emphasising the need for appropriate preparation by the teacher.