How Does Concept-Based Learning Influence Students?

On June 2, 2020,

Concept-based learning, in contrast to traditional learning, concentrates on core concepts that promote knowledge and foster self-learning. The conventional methods simply connect students to a source of information which may or may not be retained for a longer period of time. On the other hand, concept-based learning focuses on making sure that students understand the core idea of a topic which they can apply in their day-to-day life.

Also known as inquiry-based education, it is an education system built around the students. This methodology encourages an open & two-way communication built on understanding and respect. This pushes students to become active, passionate, and lifelong learners. Such a form of education is comprehensive in nature, keeping in mind an individual’s cognitive development, and paying attention to social, emotional and physical well-being.

It can effectively be stated that concept learning focuses on making sense of facts instead of just stating them. It gives rise to innovation, creativity and enhanced productivity.

Below listed are the ways in which a concept-based learning system influences students in a positive way -

  • Concept learning distributes knowledge in a way that ensures flexible learning with room for consistent improvement. Consistent improvement mandates the need for research and development into facts and figures that help keep the concept connected to the real world.
  • This model of learning hones students as critical thinkers, teaching them analytical skills to evaluate real-life situations or scenarios. This in-depth technique of understanding the ‘bigger idea’ helps in cementing an analytical outlook towards different situations.
  • Concept-based learning extends beyond academics and helps a student develop their personality, outlook and productivity. It places equal emphasis on the behavioural aspect of a student as well as the overall problem-solving abilities of a student. This makes them confident enough in tackling challenging situations faced in not just studies but day-to-day life as well.
  • Concept-based learning focuses on making concepts and principles clear, as opposed to emphasizing on the rigid content of a course structure. Children are shown the importance of a comprehensive understanding as opposed to memorizing content from a textbook at a pretty young age. This helps them when pursuing higher education as well.
  • The infrastructure at MLSI includes top-quality laboratories (physics, chemistry, biology, design technology, Apple supported iMac lounge) and other technologically-driven labs which aids the concept-based learning system we strive to employ.

By integrating concept-based learning into high school education programmes, students will graduate with an in-depth understanding of concepts and theories and be better prepared to enter higher education programmes or even the workforce.