"Children cannot learn by textbooks andcomputers alone. They need toexperience the real world for themselvesif they are truly to understand their rolewithin it and the part they can play inthe future."- Real World Learning
Benefits: What do students gain? Knowledge acquisition and application Interpersonal and intrapersonal competence Practical competence Cognitive complexity Humanitarianism
How to Foster These Experiences Clear, coherent, and consistently expressed educational purposes. A guiding institutional philosophy that values talent development as a primary goal. Ample opportunities for student involvement in meaningful out-of-class activities. An ethos of learning supported by the Human Scale settings: subsistence, understanding, participation, leis ure, creation, and freedom.
HOW CAN INSTITUTIONS ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING? Break down the barriers between various groups and organizations. Challenge students to view learning as a continuous journey. Create situations in which students examine connections between the classroom and life outside the classroom. Have students apply what they are learning in out-of- class experiences.
What can students do? Take responsibility for their own learning when participating in out-of-class activities. Develop a portfolio of out-of-class learning experiences and associated benefits. Discusswith others their academic progress and how their learning applies to other aspects of their life.
Stages of Learning Outside the Classroom Preparation in class Teacher: provide pre-requisite knowledge, determine process. Student: practice skills, be aware of purpose & responsibilities. The fieldwork itself Teacher: supervise, assist, encourage student questioning. Student: make observations, analyze, become aware of perceptions, collect and record data. Follow-up in class Teacher: direct students to additional resources, evaluate the complete experience. Student: make generalizations, research unanswered questions,