Active learning

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By Karen Hart

This is the second article in our characteristics of effective learning mini-series, focussing on active learning. Click here to read the first article, which looked at creating and thinking critically.

Characteristics of effective learning

Active learning

Children persevere when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.

Children thrive on physical and mental challenges. Encourage active learning by providing children with opportunities to investigate materials, make their own decisions, and work through problematic situations to find their own solutions – engaging and sustaining their interest for sustained periods of time.


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All craft activities can be excellent ways of encouraging active learning, with the underlying principle being that individual children should be engaged as active participants. Keep the focus of the activity on the process rather than the finished result – the learning journey a child goes through whilst taking part in the activity.

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