Hands-on Learning isn’t just for sewing, cooking or painting; it can be a part of any subject. It’s the common name for Experiential Learning, which is the philosophical term behind the idea of immersing oneself in a subject in order to learn. Experiential Learning has been around since 350 BCE, when Aristotle wrote, “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. This idea ultimately became popular in the early 1950’s and thanks to the backing of famous psychologists such as Jean Piaget, Kurt Lewin and John Dewey, Experiential Learning quickly became a staple in American education. — Fred Longenecker (ThinkFun.com – The Importance of Hands-on Learning)
Educate The Block believes experiential training with a proper combination of lecture and visuals is key to the success of our student properly retaining and engaging within the courses provided. Allowing our students to become more hands-on we allow them to get a better grasp of what the actual work they will be doing in their careers entail. The development of not just the theoretical knowledge but physical practice behind all aspects of their future careers is immensely important. Our maritime students depicted below have been studying ropes and their builds and use. The course informs the students of how ropes are made, their intended purpose, proper care and in the experiential hands-on training the physical use and practice of working with ropes within their maritime careers.