Concept-based Learning - An Efficient Method to Organize Learning Process
By Andrew Loh
con•cept (kŏn'sěpt') n.
1. A general idea derived or inferred
from specific instances or occurrences.
2. Something formed in the
mind; a thought or notion.
Our primary classrooms are traditional and conventional. In an
academic world that relies on blackboard and memory recall techniques,
young learners may simply fail to understand the basics of a learning
topic thereby rendering the entire learning process into a “no learning
inquiry (A scholar named Gordon coined this term when she was discussing
about students and their learning approach). Learning in a classroom
could be trivial and ordinary. In a conventional classroom, a child may
never be able to understand the basic concept that drives a topic. In
other words, today's syllabus relies on locating information given
inside a textbook and learn it by memorizing eventually making the
learning process into a sort of coughing up learned information by using
memory. However, this method may not help children to learn the concepts
which are the foundation stones that make the learning topic.
In the educational research field, academicians and scholars have been
baffled by the idea of concepts as learning tools. The first basic
question that might arise is how one can create and characterize an
early thought. The second question is how it would change over time.
However, the biggest concern is how children reason about concepts that
are connected to their immediate lives, schools, family and syllabus
that might include math, biology and other topics. A deep summary of
past research has suggested four important key themes (Susan Gelman
published a series of papers on the ideas of concepts of learning):
Concepts are basic tools and they affect a child's ability to
reason which could be both positive and negative.
Children's ability to conceptualize early thoughts may not be
essentially concrete and solid. Rather, they can easily reason about some form
of concepts that are abstract, non-obvious and jumbled.
Concepts developed by children are not necessarily uniform and
Children keep learning and develop concepts in their minds.
However, their developing brains do not allow them to be unbiased and accurate.
In other words, their ability to learn concepts is dynamic and it keeps changing
from time to time.
One can look at concepts in many different ways
and forms. The world keeps changing along with its knowledge base. One
should be able to view the world with an open and flexible mind. A
concept based learning process is all about big and meaningful ideas
that are transferable over the time, place and scenarios. Concepts help
children focus on making the sense of facts, events and the world that
exists around them. Concept based learning is not simply about learning
it goes beyond learning that is just traditional and conventional.
Concepts help children index and organize the entire learning process.
It can connect different aspects of learning.
Advantages of concept based learning:
It teaches children about problem solving.
It enhances critical thinking skills.
It can help learn content that is disciplinary in nature.
It helps children transfer concept to create new problems and questions.
It can help children to learn self-directed comprehension skills.
It can help children raise awareness about learning.
Concepts provide children an opportunity to organize their life experiences. In absence
of these ability children' life could be confusing with so many objects,
properties, perceptions and events clogging their memory cells. However,
learning through concepts will help young learners by categorize forms,
shapes and sizes, hear speech sounds and organizes them, express their
emotions and by understanding their concepts, identity different colors
by learning their basics and detect processes that make learning a
fruitful experience although it takes some years to make it efficient.
Concepts also act as important tools to learn a range of cognitive
skills, by mastering analogy making, creating inferences and extend
knowledge that travels beyond what is already known to us and learn the
basics of theory.
Concept based learning is rudimentary in
children. It is a natural process that streamlines and firms up over the
years. It is slow in some children while the process of creating
concepts could be very quick in others. However, with active
intervention by parents and teachers, the process of learning concepts
could be quickened. Learning may become more efficient, productive and
task oriented in children who use concept based techniques. In addition,
when a child learns the basics of a topic, she or he would be changing
the entire perceptive of learning eventually leading to better
comprehension, cognition and systematic understanding of all learning
topics. Continue to read
Concept-based Learning - Useful Techniques to Boost Learning in Children.