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Learning by Doing (Tactile Learning)

Updated: May 8, 2021

Learning by doing refers to a theory of education explained by John Dewey, an American philosopher. The students must interact with their environment in order to adapt and learn. The concept of Learning by Doing can be applied when you design learning materials for your students both in the classroom or at home. The learners are requested to complete the tasks and you can assess their understanding based on the results. The method can also encourage collaborative learning if you place them in groups. Let us look at the following examples.


Slide and read the pictures with words on the left (above-if you are with a mobile device) and try to answer the three questions below. You can design the set of pictures on the left hand side (or above) with cards or on the screen with a tablet computer. The questions below must match with the pictures in the set. You can personalise the children's learning with this method (self-paced) as the method allows them to interact with the own set of pictures. However, you could facilitate their learning processes repeatedly with different sets of pictures based on their results, you can also apply the Leitner system in your set arrangement.

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