Educating people is part science, part art. Theories about the best ways to educate children and adults vary and evolved and changed throughout history. Trends in education ebb and flow based on cultural expectations and scientific research from behavioral medicine, social psychology and other fields. As the way we teach others changes, some ways of learning are exposed that may not be right for everyone but, for those who fit the bill, which can take education to the next level.
Learning by Immersion
Learning a new language is a popular resolution for many adults. Whether it’s to help further their career or help them to attain other goals, taking on a second language offers a number of benefits. Although there are a number of courses to learn a new language, the best way to learn remains jumping right into the deep end. Spending several months in the country of your chosen language offers not only the best access to learning the language, but also a chance to better understand its culture. The pressure of needing to know the language in order to get by supplies ample motivation. For those who don’t have the option of moving abroad, spending time in smaller, ethnic neighborhoods, watching movies and listening to music in their chosen language can offer a similar experience.
Talking about apprenticeships usually makes people think of days gone by when boys learned to blacksmith and women learned to use an open hearth. Although the roots of apprenticeship stretch far into human history, it remains an effective way to learn today. Modern day apprenticeship[s range from more traditional careers such as carpentry and metalworking to cutting edge technologies which still require skills that are learned over time such as engineering and HVAC industries.
Some people have found that team building goes hand in hand with education. Many students now find success in banding together in small teams as either smaller parts of a larger class or a small group working through independent education. Courses are developed in order to for students to work as a team for most, if not all, of the required work. This helps to enhance education for every member of the team by encouraging inter-student support networks, developing better communication skills and building interpersonal skills.
The future of education is ever evolving. These changes come about as a result of increased research into the science of learning as well as the results of some experimental ways of learning. Helping students connect to each other, instructors and the course material can depend on the personality of the students just as much as the quality of the material. These extraordinary ways of learning help to highlight methods that have stood the test of time and are able to evolve alongside emerging technologies as well as methods born out of cutting edge research. They can engage students on a deeper level, making education a more vibrant and enduring experience.