Exploring active learning: New book paves the way for Self-Directed Learning in the 4IR Era
In the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), a new open-access book titled Problem-based learning and pedagogies of play: Active approaches towards Self-Directed Learning presents original research on active learning strategies that foster self-directed learning (SDL). The book sheds light on innovative approaches such as problem-based learning (PBL) and pedagogies of play (PoP), which aim to equip students with 21st-century skills.
As our world rapidly evolves, educational institutions are called upon to rethink their teaching and learning methods. This book serves as a beacon for this transformation, demonstrating the effectiveness of active engagement in fostering SDL.
PBL, a pedagogical approach where students learn by addressing real-world problems, is a key driver of active learning. Simultaneously, PoP is showcased as an innovative environment where play and learning are integrated, cultivating SDL in students.
The book delves into various facets of PBL and PoP, including metaliteracy, playful PBL tasks, computational thinking in game-based tasks and geometry, solving puzzles through interactive simulations, applications of LEGO® Six BRICKS, drama as a PoP, and implementing educational robotics (ER).
Active learning, encapsulating pedagogies like PBL, cooperative learning, gamification, role-play, and drama, is emphasised as a crucial element in mainstreaming student engagement. The empirical research findings presented in the book aim to inspire academics in the research focus area of SDL with active learning approaches in both school and tertiary classrooms.
This scholarly book highlights an array of engaging pedagogies aimed at enhancing students’ skills and readiness for a rapidly changing world. As we navigate the 4IR, these insights into active learning and self-directed learning will prove invaluable in equipping our next generation with the skills they need to thrive.
This book is the 11th volume in the NWU Self-Directed Learning Series, published by the North-West University in South Africa in partnership with AOSIS Scholarly books.
Should you have any queries regarding the contents of the book, please feel free to reach out to the editors Marietjie Havenga, Jako Olivier and Byron J Bunt. Their contact details can be found within the book.
We look forward to your active participation in this vital discussion on the future of education.
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