Learning Among Children

learning among childrenAn article written by David Lancy, Ph.D for Psychology Today espouses the idea that learning among children is not something that needs to be imposed inside classrooms, that it is in fact just a natural form of intelligence and human development.

Dr. Lancy cites the case of the Matses Indians of the Peruvian Amazon. The subjects of a study conducted by Camilla Morelli, the Matses children have proven to be masters of their natural surroundings, paddling across the Amazon and catching big catfish with ease, but display incompetence and discomfort in the classroom.

The children, Morelli says, are active learners, and they have learned the skills they need for their environment. Everything they learned were done hands-on, and it didn’t require anything that would resemble the usual contemporary classrooms, teaching and lessons.

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