Science of Learning

In the topic blogs i talked about learning environment, the immense cost of conformity and getting out of the comfort zone. In this blog i’m going to shine light on how these three topics are related to each other.

I’ll like to begin with learning environment. Learning environment refers to the diverse physical locations, contexts, and cultures in which students learn. (A. W. Tony Bates). The learning environment of every student is crucial because students are able to comprehend by using different teaching practices, such as lecture, hands-on activities,   cooperative learning groups and plenty of small group and individual practice. The standard classroom setting in schools discourages interaction between students rather promotes individual work only which prevents social interaction between students. Learning should not be an individual act. It is quite pivotal for teachers to make sure their students interact with each other as it paves the way for them to learn from each other. It has been psychologically proven that, “Classroom environments are extremely important for students and for teachers. Everything from the color of the walls to the arrangement of the desks sends impressions to students and can affect the way a student learns.”

Also, comfort zone is a situation in which you feel comfortable and in which your ability and determination are not being tested. As a student going out of your comfort zone and being determined to do beyond the ordinary is the prerequisite of excellence. Some students get comfortable in the fact that they are able to pass their classes that there’s no  effort to gain extra knowledge which is not part of the course syllabus.

Conformity refers to the process in which, under collective pressure from a group, individuals tend to join the majority of society and follow their opinions, with the fear of becoming isolated in society (7). In my opinion, conformity has a major role to play in our learning environments and also is part of the reason why students feel the need to put in just enough work to pass a class. In regards to learning environment, i believe lots of teachers can go the extra mile to implement certain methods in our learning environments like in-class discussions about topics among students and the teacher to help to better understand the materials being taught. Also in regards to comfort zone, most students will just conform to what everyone is doing or how the majority of the class is performing just so they don’t get left out. There are many students that have the potential to do better but they’ll much rather be in their comfort zones and put in just enough to put them in the category the majority of students find themselves which is most likely average.

In conclusion, conformity which affects our learning environment and our ability to stand out or go the extra mile in gaining knowledge, creates a society of less innovative and creative people, who cannot think outside the box due to conformity in the educational system. It’s high time we come to the realization that doing things differently does not make it wrong and also the fact that everyone is doing a particular thing a certain way does not necessarily mean it’ll work for everybody.

References:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10209-016-0456-1

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201601/kids-and-classrooms-why-environment-matters

http://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/teachers/tips-for-teaching/item/2074-importance-of-environment-in-the-classroom

Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.Ballantine Books.6

 

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