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How To Improve Learning and Memory Using Interdisciplinary Learning

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 130

Learning and memory is a recurring issue in home school education. New research suggests it can be more simply attained by utilizing the concepts and techniques of interdisciplinary learning. Modern home-school curricula show and maintain that learning and remembering facts about subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics, or astronomy, is more easily achieved when using interdisciplinary learning methodology.

The Concept of Interdisciplinary Learning

It is possible to restructure education to enable a child to both associate and remember what he has learned in new settings. Interdisciplinary Learning readily applies knowledge from numerous disciplines to more effectively teach children information on a single subject. The child's ability to relate multiple topics to each other enables a student to correlate and remember the learned subject matter more effectively, while remembering and applying the new concepts on a multitude of different levels. This associative way of learning becomes an exciting process to increase knowledge for the child, and opens the mind to create innovative reasoning at an early age.

These new developments in the study of learning were unimagined even just a few years ago in our nation's educational systems. This new approach to education will help home-schooled children better develop a moderate to deeper understanding of the facts they are garnering, and better able to recollect what they are being taught.

The New Science of Learning and Remembering with Understanding

Learning is a process of forming connections between familiar stimuli and responses. The motivation to learn is driven by emotions like excitement, or the availability of external forces such as rewards and punishments. If a child is rewarded when he learns to remember something, he will associate that memory with a series of positive reinforcements. If a child is happy about what he has learned and is positively reinforced when he remembers associated facts, it increases his ability to fully understand and comprehend what he learns and remembers.

Textbooks are filled with facts that students are expected to memorize. The ability to think and solve problems depends strongly on how rich the body of knowledge is on the subject matter. A list of disconnected facts organized around important concepts does not teach a child. The ability to understand and transfer information allows the child to first associate, and then remember the previous connections. Learning becomes enhanced when existing knowledge and beliefs are utilized as a starting point for new instruction and comprehension..

Active Learning

In order to make interdisciplinary learning a positive experience, the child must take control of her own study process. For a child to fully understand information, she must become an active learner and be taught to differentiate between what is working and what needs improving. A student becoming skilled at taking control of her own learning becomes more and more confident. As this confidence grows, the process of active discovery enables the child to use more and more interdisciplinary techniques to further acquire information from a variety of different subjects.

As a child begins to apply this building process he increases his level of knowledge to learn new things more easily, and better remember what he has learned. As he encounters more positive results the learning experience becomes easier and more appealing, and thus, more rewarding. The application of interdisciplinary learning in the home school environment has shown positive results both with the ability of children learning new information.

Interdisciplinary Learning is a proven technique that greatly enriches the educational environment of the home-schooled student. The importance and relevance of interdisciplinary learning and memory retention in home school education is becoming better understood and more widely utilized by parents and teachers.

Dr. Rebecca Keller is the founder of Gravitas Publications, which produces Real Science 4 Kids home school science curriculum. RS4K includes student textbooks, lab workbooks and teacher's manuals on the topics of biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology and physics which makes teaching these difficult subjects easy and FUN! Please join her and other home school parents on Facebook or visit the Real Science 4 Kids blog. Receive Dr. Keller's 10 Tips for Teaching Real Science by visiting either page!

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