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What is Learning by Doing

Handbook of Research on Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements
The “old” procedural knowledge, nowadays enhanced by the power of digital tools.
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The Children’s Virtual Museum of Small Animals: From the Schoolyard to the Internet
Paolo Beneventi (Independent Researcher, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2122-0.ch001
As referenced in the chapter title, the Children’s Virtual Museum of Small Animals is a website where multimedia documents are collected, based on the real experience of groups of children from many parts of the world. There, people can find photos and videos of insects and spiders, with scientific names and classification, place and date of discovery, and age of the class, group, or single kid who found it. There are also drawings, texts, and other things related to the real, possible, or fantastic meeting between children and small animals: voices from actual experiences, slide shows about “watching details,” pictures of creations by artists close to kids’ imagination, suggestions on how to use technical tools. Children there can act as protagonists in producing and sharing information, just like usually scientists, journalists, photographers, and video makers do, through the global information society. It is also the “extension” of a method, a way to address scientific issues with children, which has given regular, excellent results with hundreds of groups during many years. The author presents it as a work in progress, calling others to meet and exchange, suggest, and propose additions, also from different experiences and points of view. Digital means are proposed to show the “objects” of the study as well as the “process of studying” by children, with all their enthusiasm and surprise, as is evidenced particularly from their voices. Other children visiting the virtual Museum should be called to come and take part in it from their usual real life environment, making new discoveries and sending documents, sharing experiences and ideas, worldwide.
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Teaching Circular Economy and Lean Management in a Learning Factory
It is a methodology based on the idea that students perform actions and learn by observing their results. It is based on Edgar Dale's concept of the learning cone where against the 10% of concepts that are retained when heard, up to 90% are retained when people practice them.
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Improving Learning Strategies for Mathematics through E-Learning
The acquisition of knowledge or skills through direct experience of carrying out a task.
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The Prospects for Teaching in Virtual Worlds
A phrase associated with John Dewey and the representatives of “progressive education,” whose trends dominated American schools in the early 1900’s. According to a pragmatic and progressive perspective, there was an effort to bring the school into the real world making it capable of delivering the information and values necessary in those changing times. To understand and store information effectively it is best to operate practically, manipulate, simulate, use the entire body, but on one condition: that the experience is accompanied by thought, by reflection. Thus the key to effective learning by doing is learning by thinking! Reflect on experience, revise, integrate; make new experience, reflect, revise and integrate again- a continuous cycle of experience and reflection.
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“Pretty Good Practices” for the Design of Teacher Portfolio Courses
The principle of using the completion of tasks to help students acquire knowledge rather than treating the latter as a prerequisite for the former.
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Different Teaching Methods: A Step for Student Motivation
Learning by doing is a teaching and learning approach that involves students actively participating in activities and experiences by applying new knowledge and skills.
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Dynamic Evaluation of Indian Commercial Banking Sector: A Bank-Level Growth Frontier Approach
Learning by doing is a process of producing the outputs more efficiently by a firm/ industry/ economy as time goes on by acquiring, understanding and adopting technology properly to augment production.
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Active Learning of Science in the European Dimension
A student-centered approach where new knowledge is achieved through practical tasks.
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Blended Teacher Training Program: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Evaluating Active Learning in Basic Education Schools
It is a practical learning approach developed by John Dewey, which aims to create learning situations for students to interact with the environment to adapt and learn.
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Engaging Students' Learning in the Built Environment Through Active Learning
Refers to a theory of education developed by American philosopher John Dewey. Dewey theorized that learning should be relevant and practical, not just passive and theoretical.
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“What Did I Gain From Graduate Studies Abroad?”: An Autoethnographic Lens
A hands-on approach to pedagogy that encourages students to perform certain actions when completing a task.
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Designing and Developing the Virtual English Adventure in Second Life
Learning by doing is based on learning from experiences. This approach allows learners to experience something with minimal guidance from an adult. This approach assumes that learners learn best by being involved in the learning process. Instead of being told or showing the answers, they are presented with a question, problem, situation, or activity which they must make sense of for themselves.
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Transformational Teacher Leadership: A Global Perspective
An educational theory that theorizes learning should be relevant and practical, not just passive and theoretical. In this way, the acquisition of knowledge and/or skills is attained through direct experience of task completion.
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