Eben’s lecture

Topic: Learning by doing (hands-on); John Dewey Approach

Traditionally, a teacher would stand in a front of a group of students who are all sitting in rows.

The teacher is usually the deliverer of information and the job of the students is usually to receive this information and regurgitate it in some form of a written test.

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The man we are talking about today view a child as an active learner

And believe that children shouldn’t sit in a role manner to learn.

John Dewey is one of the most influential thinkers in the history of modern educational theory.

In day’s class, we will briefly explore his philosophical position and how his ideas have impacted education for decades especially when it comes to HANDS ON ACTIVITIES and how we can integrate his ideology to our practice

John Dewey is nothing less than a rock star of modern education.

His ideas and approaches to schooling were revolutionary ideas during his lifetime and remain fundamentally important to modern schooling today.

If you are a student of early childhood education I’m sure you can’t do without quoting this man in any project you are writing

John Dewey is probably most famous for his role in what is called progressive education.

Before i continue what is
Progressive education is essentially a view of education that emphasizes the need to learn by doing.

Also Progressive education is a reaction to the traditional style of teaching. It’s a pedagogical movement that values experience over learning facts at the expense of understanding what is being taught. 

Dewey believed that human beings learn through a ‘hands-on’ approach. This places Dewey in the educational philosophy of pragmatism.

Also he advise in one of his book that educators should teach children how to think rather than relying on rote memorization

Pragmatists believe that reality must be experienced

I argued teachers not 101 times that the process of learning by doing is at the heart of real learning.

The concept, known as experiential learning, uses hands-on projects that allow students to learn by actively engaging in activities that put their knowledge to use is the best way for students to experience real-world situations

For example, the workplace is a collaborative environment that requires

creativity, and the ability to work independently.

Experiential learning, by helping students develop these skills, better prepares them for university and life as productive members of the workplace and the country at large.

In Dewey’s educational point of view he stated that means that students must interact with their environment in order to adapt and learn.

Dewey felt the same idea was true for teachers and that teachers and students must learn together. His view of the classroom was deeply rooted in democratic ideals, which promoted equal voice among all participants in the learning experience.

Dewey reasoned that children should not be just be educated in academic topics but should learn how to think and adapt to a world outside school.

Dewey believed in an interdisciplinary curriculum or a curriculum that Focuses on connecting multiple subjects, where students are allowed to freely move in and out of classrooms as they pursue their interest and construct their own paths for acquiring and applying knowledge.

What is interdisciplinary curriculum

Interdisciplinary instruction entails the use and integration of methods and analytical frameworks from more than one academic discipline to examine a theme, issue, question or topic.

It is clear that insight from a single disciplinary framework is not sufficient to help resolve such a complex issue.

Students who are regularly exposed to classroom conversations and assignments that tackle real-world problems in an interdisciplinary fashion; engage in significant learning, realize cognitive gains, and are better positioned to understand challenging problems and to frame viable solutions.

If you’re a teacher, using Dewey’s theories helps improve your students’ experiences in the classroom. Students will learn to participate actively and develop personal interest in the classroom lessons, becoming lifelong learners.

Before the conclusion of this class let me take my time to list how to Apply John Dewey’s Theories In the Classroom

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  1. Encourage students to find personal interest in the materials around.

Dewey believed that students should feel connected to classroom material, in order to retain information and adapt it for personal use.

Create eye appealing materials

This means that to be effective the material must first attract students attention and have enough visual appeal to motivate them to spend time exploring the content.

2 Design experiences that will lead to independent learning.

Dewey saw teachers as mentors, guides and facilitators.

Teachers should try interact directly and actively with students.

Don’t simply convey information. Instead help students discover the information for themselves, by creating learning experiences. 

Example you give them some problem-solving tasks
After the learning experience has ended, ask students to reflect on what they’ve learned.

Respect each individual student. Dewey believed teachers should never pressure students to conform. Instead of going into a classroom with certain expectations, accept students of all different cultures, religions and family backgrounds.

Within individual school regulations, respect students who wear different or unusual attire. Dewey also believed in a democratic classroom where students felt free to express their opinions.

Listen respectfully to each student and ask for frequent feedback. If you witness bullying between peers, intervene in a tactful and respectful way.

Teach tolerance to your students.

Create opportunities for social involvement.

Dewey’s theories extend beyond the walls of the classroom to the larger community.

Encourage your students to volunteer at

~controlling the traffic especially the Lagos own~

help clean the environment school kitchens and more , nursing homes or other local charities and outreach programs.

Make volunteering a class project, and encourage students to help the community on their own time.

Am I making sense please

In conclusion

Get a general sense of your classroom through

informal evaluations and questionnaires

Let students know you’re available to listen to their opinions, questions or concerns.

I think I have tried on this topic tonight

Thank you very much for your active participation for April LECTURE

COURSE TITLE : Application of Educational Psychology


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