Is leaning passive engagement or an act of doing? Do we soak in information or do we find ways to build our own meanings by constructing experiences?
Albert Bandura, the originator and exponent of Social Learning Theory states that most of our learning happens through observation and social engagement. He called them ‘models’, the stimulants that are observed and their behaviour internalised as learning through imitation. Children are surrounded by such models; parents, teachers, peers, TV characters, books and anything that can influence thought and behaviour. Classroom teaching is only part of the learning a child is exposed to. Hence, parents and the environment a child is exposed to is an equal contributor the kind of ‘education’ a child receives.
Teaching and transcending learning, hence, is synonymous to increasing understanding, driving self-exploration, being a catalyst to self-discovery and exposure to stimuli; of which, school is, but, ONE medium, marks ONE dimension of measure and academic success ONLY a byproduct.
Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience (below) may do justice to back me up on this one:
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss with others
80% of what we personally experience
95% or what we teach others
By Neeti Singhal – Educational Specialist