Active Learning Methodologies

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Active Learning Methodologies


Active learning is the principal learning and teaching approach recommended for SPHE. It requires children to actively participate in their learning in a wide variety of ways, thereby increasing the possibility of internalising what they have explored and of being able to use the learning in their everyday lives. Active learning contributes significantly to fostering self-confidence, self-discipline and self-control in the learner.


In SPHE there is a particular emphasis on children working together. This can include many different types of group interaction, such as collaborative work in large or small groups, structured play activities in the infant classes or co-operative learning activities in twos and threes. The most effective group work takes place in groups of twos and threes, particularly in the early years in school. As the children gain experience in group practices they will be able to work effectively in larger groups.

Positive learning outcomes do not automatically occur because children are sitting in close proximity: efficient group learning requires the development of a wide range of learning and social skills and a competent classroom management system. Group processes in the class will be more effective when they are introduced at an early age and over time, roles are assigned to each member of the group and the process is regularly reviewed.



The following active learning strategies are recommended for SPHE