What is Emergent Learning?
By Andrew Loh
Emergent Learning is a new learning concept that is gaining
importance worldwide in both academia and schools. Schools and
academic institutions can easily adapt emergent learning
strategies and methods to achieve desired results. Schoolroom
situations are very complex, dynamic and changing. In fact, there
may not be any right answers available with a particular learning
method. In essence, answers are actually the hypotheses that
represent the thinking patterns and teaching mode. Emergent learning
may provide very plausible answers to present classroom teaching
techniques and methods.
With emergent learning, your children will master the knowledge
of things and issues encountered in their classrooms. With emergent
learning, your children will also master the nuance of learning
their lessons in a thoughtful manner. Emergent learning can be
thoughtful. It helps you to learn through experiences by
encountering important challenges. Emergent learning can work in
three distinctive ways:
Your children will learn from the work they do in the classroom and
elsewhere. This is because, their learning always gels with the flow
of their work.
More information (or knowledge) will come to them through a cycle of
successive learning experiences. Repeated iterations, discussions
and mastery of work will help them to gain proficiency or efficiency
in any subject. They can actually compare and evaluate all results
that are actual, planned and intended.
Emergent learning also helps your children to track their progress
and gain confidence in the due course of time.
Your children can enhance their learning experiences by using
important tips related to emergent learning. In the past, all
parents used a traditional method of teaching their children by
simply supplying them with a barrage of facts and information. Any
teaching method involved research studies and prior preparation;
teachers in a classroom always planned to teach their children.
However, academic experts always believed that this narrow focus did
not yield positive results to children. They also recommended a
number of techniques and method that can help children develop their
scholastic abilities as well as a dynamic personality.
As a result, more numbers of classrooms around the world are using a
friendlier and engaging style of instruction that is also very
interactive and dynamic. Also known as emergent learning, it
signified a collaborative nature of teaching that involved parents,
teachers and children. The most important and critical advantage of
using this method is that both teachers and children seek out
answers to all possible complex questions as a team. Here, the
teacher and parent will continue to make teaching plans while paying
attention to children's progress. During the evaluator process, it
will become easier to find out those things that are cajoling and
interesting to children. Another positive aspect of emergent
learning is that you can present problems in such way that your
children can propose their own solutions. As you start asking
questions and forward problems to your children, they will gain
skills that can help them to propose their own solutions.
Just observe some children how efficient they are in answering
complex questions forwarded by classroom teachers. In fact, these
children are always spontaneous and quick while they are answering
any complex questions. With emergent learning, your children can
easily develop a number of excellent skills like:
Forward wonderful ideas and suggestions.
Explain their meanings and evaluate them in length.
Create a model out of their ideas and explain them in detail.
Provide a lucid picture of the ideas that they want to present.
Make their ideas very simple and straightforward.
Furthermore, emergent learning also helps your children to:
Understand that learning is an important process that they need to
develop fast and in a proper manner.
Develop an ability to articulate their ideas and suggestions in a
simple and lucid manner.
Pay attention in the class and accumulate enough data from the
process of learning.
Evaluate results on a periodical basis.
Repeat the learning process to improve positive outcome.
Emergent learning is a progressive approach to induce learning in
children. With this wonderful method, you can easily make your
children understand their self-worth. When they understand their
worth, they can embrace all possible challenges of learning and
problem solving. However, emergent learning is also a technique that
parents and teachers tend to confuse; a thin line differentiates
emergent learning and traditional mode of teaching. While
traditional teaching presents ideas and suggestions that already
exist in a prior form, emergent learning attempts to use traditional
techniques, along with a series of improvisation techniques
involving mastering the core concepts of learning. Continue to read
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