Discovery learning

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Discovery learning is learning whose main purpose is natural discovery. There are many definitions of discovery learning that differ in ingredients such as the role of a teacher. However, in its purest form, discovery learning is nothing else than free learning. In other words, it is learning based on the guidance from the learn drive, and unlimited in the freedom of pace, subject, or direction. In free learning, the role of a teacher is determined by the student, and may range from prominent to none. In discovery learning, a teacher is usually just an assistant or a facilitator.

Similar or alternative terms include: constructivist learning, inquiry-based learning, equiry-based learning, project-based learning, problem-based learning, experiential learning, phenomenon-based learning, inquisitive learning, self-directed learning, student-centered learning, minimum guidance learning, informal learning, learning by doing, etc. All these terms build on the basic fact that efficient learning begins with knowledge valuation, and incremental build up in coherent layers of new knowledge.

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