ERIC Number: ED382237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
A Natural Teaching Method Based on Learning Theory.
Gamut, p12-15,36 1990-91
The natural teaching method is active and student-centered, based on schema and constructivist theories, and informed by research in neuroplasticity. A schema is a mental picture or understanding of something we have learned. Humans can have knowledge only to the degree to which they have constructed schemas from learning experiences and practice. Constructivist theory suggests that it is only by direct, active, hands-on exploration and learning from errors can a person construct a schema. Brain and neuroplastic research indicates that as learning occurs, brain nerve cells grow additional fibers (dendrites) and synapses. The learner, through active trial-and-error exploration, increases physiological neuron networks. The six stages of the Natural Teaching Method Planning Model provide a way to guide students to construct new schemas: (1) stimulate students to activate any related knowledge; (2) guide students to start constructing the new structures or knowledge on the structures; (3) consolidate the first growth of new structures and knowledge; (4) give students the opportunity to gain more complex understanding; (5) give students the opportunity to start using their new knowledge in a creative way; and (6) give students the opportunity to fine tune the increasing complexity and richness of the neural network. Being taught the way the mind naturally learns helps students access and use their intelligence. (KP)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Note: "Gamut" published by Seattle Community College District (Washington).