Hand On Learning
Hands-on learning is an educational method that directly involves the learner, by actively encouraging them to do something in order to learn about it. In short, it is 'learning by doing. Hands-on learning more effectively engages students by drawing their attention to objects/tools which they are allowed to touch, or allowing them to move during the learning process. It also allows students to directly observe and understand what is happening. It is often hard to properly understand something that one has never directly seen or experienced. This is why lately hands-on learning has become more popular in
education. It also encourages young pupils to do things for themselves, which will help them with learning independently later on in life. Important life skills such as these are often neglected in a situation where students are simply told facts and made to learn them by heart. This method of teaching is particularly a successful way to teach kinesthetic learners, who learn best by examples. Studies have shown that students with a kinesthetic learning style require hands-on type of learning in order to reach higher levels of understanding. Verbal and visual learners are able to adapt to reach higher levels of understanding using learning styles other than their own, but kinesthetic learners often cannot. Accordingly, it is important for educators to incorporate hands-on learning into their daily instruction. There is no doubt that actively involving students will enhance their education. However, hands-on learning would be more effective if it was combined with traditional learning from books.