The basic principles underlying learner developments are:
The learning experience is a never ending cycle, and continues long after your time at school. Once a new skill is learnt, that skill can be built upon. A reading skill can be built upon by increasing vocabulary, improving spelling, reading and understanding more complex texts, decoding unfamiliar words and even learning to read and write in another language. The learning experience can be viewed as a journey, where the learner travels along different paths to reach their learning goal. Their learning experience may take a journey like this: •
Very difficult and complicated – Stuck in a traffic jam on spaghetti junction. •
Interesting but uncertain in parts – Taking the scenic route. •
Totally confusing – Trying to find the correct exit off a big road traffic island. •
Completely beyond us – Entering a no through road or going the wrong way down a one-way street •
Very easy – Speeding along a clear motorway.
This is an essential part of all learning activities, there is only so much that you can learn by watching someone else. You need the hands on experience to develop relevant skills, and become actively involved in the learning process. The theory is great but learning needs to be practical not theoretical. Play is also very important to the learning process. Play helps learning become more meaningful. Play provides opportunities to develop reading, thinking skills, and problem solving skills essential for developing intellect. Learning Styles:
Pupils can learn to use different learning styles other than their preferred style, but research shows that if they do use a different style other than their preferred style for long periods of time it could be stressful for them. There are three learning styles:
Visual – Visual learners gather information through observation and reading, they respond well to visual aids such as...
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