Lasting lessons: experiential learning, direct instruction and the brain
This capstone looks at experiential learning, traditional stand-and-deliver forms of instruction, and the ability of the teacher to create curriculum lending itself to memory retention. A basic unit of curriculum is contained blending both of these styles of instruction. The curriculum created is for a Social Studies class with a specific unit of study on the decade known as the 1960s. The main technique used in the creation of this curriculum is called Understanding by Design. Understanding by Design will compliment the content because it will help provide students with opportunities for inquisition and allow them to use high order thinking skills. With lessons developed using these strategies for memory retention, the technique will require the creation of layers of knowledge providing students with enduring understanding of the content provided.
Swanson, Lori L., "Lasting lessons: experiential learning, direct instruction and the brain" (2008). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 1975.