objective of this session is to introduce active learning. Active
learning is an innovative education methodology for the workplace.
It is used to help people remove their fear, resentment, and
resistance to change by immersing them in the change process itself.
Active learning is the "vehicle" for workers to understand
precisely how new knowledge applies to them and their jobs. Thus,
they can accept change as the new reality. In order to understand
how active learning makes education more effective, we first need to
look at why existing education techniques are ineffective at
excess of $44 billion was spent on education in the workplace in
1991. A subsequent study estimated that less than 3% of that
investment resulted in productivity that generated improvements.
How We Learn Is
Last year American
businesses spent in excess of $40 billion on education for the
15% retained by
15% of that applied to
3% return on investment
lecture, you take notes!"
does this occur? A major reason for this inadequate return on
investment and lack of initiative is due to the predominant use of
traditional lecture-type teaching methodology in manufacturing
workplace education. Based on research studies in learning
psychology, this method is the least effective in helping students
both recall and then apply new information. When listening is the
predominant means of acquiring instruction, human beings, by nature,
tend to become distracted and disinterested. In addition, the lack
of opportunity to apply and practice new skills— specially with
the expectation for change—usually results in a return to the
opposed to that passive role for students in the learning process,
active learning creates an interactive relationship between the
instructor and the students. The techniques of this innovative
learning methodology, such as role playing, consensus building,
simulation, brainstorming, creative thinking, cooperative learning,
and critical analysis, recognize that adults must be immersed in
their own education process to learn effectively.
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Active learning is a
proven approach to effective education which:
Creates an interactive
relationship between students and instructor, Coaches people to make
immediate application, Fosters greater retention through practice,
nd results in:
implemented more quickly, Change that enhances the bottom line, An
increased return on the investment in education.
should also be coached in order to quickly apply new knowledge to
their work environments to make improvements. Active learning
results in an increased ability by the students to understand,
retain, and apply the subject matter to manufacturing refinements.
In an average retention rate study of different teaching
methodologies conducted by the National Training Laboratory, the
teaching delivery technique chosen by the instructor vastly affects
the recall of information. Based on educational theories and
empirically tested and verified studies like this one, the author
concludes that active learning is superior to other teaching
This presentation will
identify, describe, and demonstrate four basic models of active
learning which will insure a significant return on the investment in
manufacturing education. The techniques discussed will be creative
thinking, brainstorming, role playing, and cooperative learning.
This will be a highly interactive learning experience. It is
difficult to "just talk" about active learning. These
teaching approaches will be presented in relationship to
developing a productive work team, and applied to manufacturing
To be Continued
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