…I also learned things I never really understood after 30 years in nursing because the models allow you to visualize in 3-D and make more physiologic correlations. Thanks Zahourek.

Joleen Rinaldo, Secondary Med Prep Instructor, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, CO

Hands-On Learning: Just a Buzz Word or Seriously Successful Education?

Posted by: ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System | Posted on: April 10th, 2013 | 0 Comments

You hear about “hands-on learning” a lot these days. The concept isn’t new, but there’s a buzz around the idea now that more and more research provides evidence that tactile, kinesthetic or haptic learning is more effective than traditional models of education. And you could safely say that most of us would prefer to learn through hands-on engagement rather than sitting through a lecture or video.

When you envision a classroom full of students—whether they are middle school students or grown adults–which scenario will produce more success? (Let alone, which is more appealing or inspiring…)

  1. Straight rows of desks with textbooks on top and a teacher pointing to a white board
  2. An active, lively, hands-on, project-based environment

If you chose option #2, you’d be right. It’s true. Many studies deliver on student enthusiasm as much as on pedagogical efficacy. That’s because when students actually enjoy learning, they learn better–and teachers teach better!

Here are some additional benefits of hands-on learning:

    • Engages critical thinking and creative problem solving
    • Promotes communication and teamwork
    • Encourages exploration, modification, manipulation, and formation of objects and ideas
    • Provides accessible education for hard-to-reach students
    • Leads to dynamic evaluations of logic, potential, and possibility
    • Fosters a lifelong love of learning

The buzz keeps on buzzing because as more educators transform their classrooms into inspiring, hands-on learning environments, students and teachers alike are becoming seriously successful.

Please share some examples of good hands-on learning activities you have tried. How has integrating this methodology affected you as the educator, what about your students?

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