Direct experience in the natural world is known to have a tremendous impact on youth education. Research shows that nature-based education provides children with benefits across all age range and more so on diverse development aspects. These areas include mental health, physical health, cognitive development, learning and socio-emotional learning.
Nature-based Education programs help connect children with nature and diversifying their outdoor experience. Today’s generation is widely brought up indoors and rarely get a chance to go out and explore their natural habitat. Instead, most kids and youth spent more of their time watching television and playing video games on computers.
In this era of new technology, children have few opportunities to access free outdoor activities as compared to a few decades ago. One of the factors that have contributed to the shrinking of the physical boundaries is the ‘fear factor’ by parents. Most modern parents rarely let their children play alone outdoors sighting safety reasons.
Children who are nature-deprived …
Experiential learning is the process of learning through which a student develops knowledge and skills through direct experiences. Several forms of experiential learning can be acquired both within and beyond the classroom. Some of the types of experience learning include the following:
The internship is a way of experience learning involving a real-world experience in an off-campus setting away from a classroom. A student is attached to an institution such as a company, business or a non-profit agency. It is often supervised by an employer who is not a faculty member and assessed by the student’s lecturer.
The students get the opportunity to work with practicing professionals and hence acquiring practical experiences. This also helps to support the integration of practical experience and theory gained in class. The internship may be offered for credit or on a non-credit basis.
Service learning is an experience learning which usually involves working with a non-profitable organization within a …