How to use Discovery Learning in teaching Social Studies

September 11, 2019



The study of culture examines the socially transmitted beliefs, values, institutions, behaviors, traditions and way of life of a group of people; it also encompasses other cultural attributes and products, such as language, literature, music, arts and artifacts, and foods
Sub-strand: Society and The Environment
The Environment and Society specialization within the Geography major provides students with an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between social and environmental processes. Environmental geographers are concerned with how human beings use the earth and how humans impact the environments in which they live.

Discovery Learning is one of the general social studies strategies and as such it is very open-ended and broad. The book describes this strategy as any activity that the teacher structures to help students find answers on a particular topic through problem solving.Discovery learning takes place in problem solving situations where the learner draws on his own experience and prior knowledge and is a method of instruction through which students interact with their environment by exploring and manipulating objects, wrestling with questions and controversies, or performing.

The main times that discovery learning is used in the classroom are during problem solving exercises and educational programs. Students will undergo discovery learning when they are looking at their own experiences and knowledge in their studies, and inquiring about further information to improve their understanding.

The Discovery Learning Method is a constructivist theory, meaning it is based on the idea that students construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. Teachers will give students a problem and some resources to solve it.

Discovery-based learning is characterized by minimized participation of the teacher in the learning process. The idea is that the student is not given the answer but rather the means to reach it. It is a method that allows the learners to interact with the environment, explore and perform experiments.

Discovery learning has many key advantages, such as: It encourages motivation, active involvement, and creativity. It can be adjusted to the learner's pace. It promotes autonomy and independence.
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