Pedagogy - Guided Discovery
We have developed a Guided Discovery Approach to teach STEM through Robotics. Without guided discovery, teaching STEM concepts and even robotics has become routine and boring. Our Guided Discovery Approach creates significant learning experiences that are personally meaningful.
Guided Discovery is an effective approach that provides an excellent framework for learn-by-doing. Guided Discovery utilizes an authentic context in which the problems are presented in certain sequence and choices that enables the learner to reach an outcome. Learning occurs as the user goes through various scenarios and is guided to discover principles, and develop critical competencies. Information and reference modules are presented in context when required or requested. Mistakes can be made and the resulting scenario will allow the user to make decisions. Learning still occurs if a user takes a wrong path all the way through. Thus, learning becomes an experience and not blindly following a set of rules, or learning by rote. With Guided Discovery Approach, making mistakes are an integral part of the learning process.
In guided discovery there is an appropriate level of guidance that allows students to experience virtually all the characteristics of pure discovery and it happens within realistic time frames. We have implemented a well thought out guided discovery approach that is seemingly unstructured and chaotic but internally well structured and logical. Our guided discovery approach allows students to personalize the concepts. In a nutshell, we allow the students to reinvent.