Document Type

Curriculum Material

Publication Date

2007

First page number:

1

Last page number:

2

Abstract

“Teaching by pouring in” refers to a medieval belief that we could teach people by drilling holes in the human head and, with a funnel, pour information into the brain. We laugh at this idea, yet we still see educators and interpreters use passive instruction to “fill up” the brains of their audiences.

Think back on how you learned to ride a bicycle. You took an action, saw the consequences of that action, and chose either to continue or to take a new and different action. What allowed you to master the new skill of riding a bicycle was your active participation in the event and your reflection on what you attained. Experience and reflection taught more than any manual or lecture ever could.

Keywords

Environmental sciences – Study and teaching; Experiential learning; Teaching – Methodology

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Science and Mathematics Education

Language

English

Comments

Best Practices Review Series

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