Experiential Learning

Once upon a time….far far away ….teaching and learning is…?

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I’m curious, do you know that when is the beginning of teaching and learning in human?  I heard that the human starts learning in the womb of his/her mother, but how about after birth? After browsing through the Internet today, I found an excellent article on education in prehistoric time.

The purpose of primitive education is thus to guide children to becoming good members of their tribe or band. There is a marked emphasis upon training for citizenship because primitive people are highly concerned with the growth of individuals as tribal members and the thorough comprehension of their way of life during passage from prepuberty to postpuberty….. Primitive children, before reaching puberty, learn by doing and observing basic technical practices. Their teachers are not strangers but rather their immediate community.” (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2017)

I think the best way to describe the method of teaching during that time is they learn by doing which I remember, as clearly mentioned in Dales Cone of Experience in 1960. It’s good to look back on the teaching approaches practiced by the earliest ‘teacher’. They still survive without sophisticated technology. The teaching techniques might be old and obsolete but through the essence of ‘learning’, where skill and knowledge that is ‘carved’ in our minds after the learning process enables us to determine what is ‘best’ for the new learners.

What say you?


Reference
Encyclopædia Britannica (2017). Education. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/education

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