Factory-based Learning vs. Experiment Based Learning

kids experiment children learning

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In the world of second language education, there is a mainstream approach that you could call “factory-based” learning. Essentially, you are told all the answers (all the “parts”) – the grammar, the vocabulary definitions, etc., and it’s up to you to put them together, to assemble intelligible language through speech and writing. You require an authority who has designed the system to do your work.

Whereas Language Hunting offers you another approach – “experiment-based” learning. You make observations, you hypothesize, you experiment, and then you have your “aha!” moment when you get results. You never finish experimenting – you hold all your “answers” lightly – but in this way you become self-sufficient at this process of absorbing fluency in new areas.

In the end, it comes down to this. Do you want dependent learners, who need you to progress? Or do you want self-sufficient learners, who can also teach you a thing or two?

2 thoughts on “Factory-based Learning vs. Experiment Based Learning

  1. I want reflective learning (the new name for experiential education) which is learning via experiment-based activity. It is upon the reflection of the results that learn may occur. And the best environment for this to setup a safe, playful, multiple trial & error approach.

    Focus on a state mandated test for competency and safety quickly erodes.
    Love the image to illustrate your point.

    As an agile software development coach/instructor I desire to work my self out of a job. I’m amazed that we need to re-educate our work force to become self-sufficient learners – yet that is what I do – daily.

    • Reflective learning – also great! Another vital piece in the cycle of learning.

      We’ve got the same goal – to work ourselves out of a job. And yet it’s amazing how much work persists in educating communities in self-sufficient learning.

      Thanks for the comment!

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