The Importance of Experience-Based Education
For a very long time, most of the world has used many education models, all of which based on learning through memory and rationalization. This system has served us for a very long time, and it has improved literacy levels all around the world.
However, this system has proved to be ineffective, especially in the modern age, as it’s no longer enough, and unable to impart knowledge and improve skills of students. What’s more, it’s failing to address the happiness and overall well-being of students and teachers alike.
One way to improve this system is to opt for a more experience-based education that incorporates experimentation. It is achieved through the model known as experience-based learning.
How Experience-Based Learning Works
It’s relatively simple, students learn by experiencing things instead of only reading about and memorizing them.
It has been proven many times over that students and all humans in general, are better at learning by doing and experiencing concepts instead of reading about them. It’s no wonder that practice is the way we excel in many skills.
No one can explain why hasn’t this been sufficiently incorporated into our education system. Yes, there is practice and experimentation, but the entire system remains based on grading, and grading usually is achieved by the student learning something and then showing their knowledge on a test. That way has never been able to provide students with the ability to master a subject.
It’s far better to let students experience things and allow them to do it themselves later on. Experience-based learning addresses this thoroughly. It starts with a student experiencing something and subsequently reflecting on it. After that, they are allowed to conceptualize that experience further and then draw conclusions.
Furthermore, this concept involves the students being personally engaged in what they’re experiencing, as only in that way can they be truly competent in learning it.
What’s more, the students here are also involved completely, they are not just using their intellect, but their sense, personalities, and feelings. They are recognized for all the past knowledge and experience they bring to the table.
Through all of this, the teachers aim to improve trust, openness, and respect between them and the students, as one of their goals is caring for the well-being of their pupils.
The Benefits of Experience-Based Learning
The benefits are already becoming clear. The students are cared for and allowed to be themselves. There’s no stress involved, not for the students and not for the teachers.
Furthermore, with such an open and relaxed environment, students can truly learn something as they are not pushed towards it but guided.
However, the most important thing with this method is that the students learn more, and they do it effectively; unlike in other systems, and especially the one most of the world currently uses.
In the end, the system enables us to prepare students for the world and shape them into good and happy people who can go on and improve the world by imparting their knowledge, their happiness and well-being onto others.