Contextual Learning in Today’s World

May 29, 2017

Contextual Learning in Today’s World

Universities and organizations laud students with an international exposure and especially students who are able to quickly apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life, global situations.

Here’s the role of Contextual Learning in Today’s World: from the perspective of a student and a professional.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”- John Dewey.

– Learning starts when the eye of the mind awakens. This is where Contextual Learning comes in, taking us out of our comfort zone and challenging our potential.

The key point of CL is about polishing us into a better global citizen by sharpening our social and life skills. For instance our recent trip to the animal shelter made me overcome my fear of dogs. Thanks to it, I’m now an animal lover. Similarly, I have gained some survival skills, through CL. In grade 6 we went hiking on Nandi Hills, a memory which still gives me jitters. It’s not every day that you have a close brush with death, and still make it out alive. It being a rainy day, we were battling thorny bushes, slippery rocks, and snakes, not to forget the slush. I tripped and almost rolled down half the hill. Those moments filled with anxiety. I was looking for something to clutch on to; I finally found my saviour in a giant rock. However, my favorite CL Day is the most recent one, where we had visually impaired dancers come visit our school. We emphatized with them, and took a glimpse into their world, learning how it is to function without the eyes. …

 

“Learning occurs not by recording information but by interpreting it.”- Lauren Resnick (1989)

One of the most significant roles that an educator must play is understanding how a student can get more meaning from education. As the world becomes borderless, today, teachers and school leaders are important agents when it comes to preparing future generations for meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world. This means that educators themselves must continue to learn and develop, placing responsibility on schools to create an environment that empowers the students as well as faculty to be life-long learners.

As educators, we want our students to be successful and there are many ways in which a teacher can add relevance to the subject matter being taught in a classroom. Contextual Learning is learning that occurs by associating classroom theory with real-world application. What this sort of learning aims to do, is enable students to discover meaningful relationships between what is being taught in the classrooms and how it can be practically applied in various real-life contexts. Here, concepts become internalized through the process of discovery, strengthening and forming of connections, giving students the knowledge, confidence and experience to take on real-world challenges making them desirable candidates for universities and companies, the world over.

CIS Contextual Learning Program’s success lies in the reflection and presentation components of the program. Students are required to keep a journal and contribute to maintaining a blog throughout the year. Reflection allows them to take ownership of their learning, set goals for themselves and become aware of their learning journey and growth. It also teaches students to better judge their efforts, work and progress. Studies show that a 90% learning rate is achieved when students teach others, making Contextual Learning Days at CIS imperative as it gives students a platform to communicate and explain their learnings to peers, parents, teachers and other stakeholders.

 

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