Learning is a process of understanding. The spectrum of this knowledge-based understanding is from our surrounding to the study of the universe. This is a hugely debatable topic to decide which education method is the best for our children. Some people believe that a typical school system with lecture-based learning is the best whereas others emphasize the practical work more than lectures. The traditional learning approach is based only which is to explain different things on specific subjects. The objective in this learning approach is evident which is only to make the student aware of the information which is tested by exam at a later stage.
Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides you knowledge and knowledge makes you great.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
A new modification in learning system is “competency-based learning” which is also called skill-based learning. This approach focuses more on learning particular skills than knowing just facts. It is the learning-centered method and not information focused. Naturally, people find one skill more easy and exciting than the rest. The skill based learning finds one skill liked by a student and skill which is found difficult to do. The traditional learning method is summed up by a test whereas skill-based learning analyses the individual potential of every student. Unlike traditional learning approach, all the students who master or fail entirely different tasks are treated equally. This uniformity in student-student and student-teacher relationship promotes a progressive learning which is the ultimate goal of education.
Research by NTL shows that learners remember things better when they can use any skill linked to access or process it. Listening to a lecture only and listen to a lecture with the practical demonstration show the different result on students. If this research is considered accurate, then we need to modify all our education systems with skill linked learning which helps a student to learn effectively.
Also, it promotes creativity and self-evaluation of a student. Skill based learning also enhances the classroom environment by upbringing independent thinking, active participation, student’s interest and innovation in skills. The Royal Horticulture Society, UK initiated a campaign to add gardening into the school system. Thousands of school participated in this campaign, and many of them remarked it as a useful tool to explain students how would it work. This campaign concluded that kids involved in gardening showed an increase in concentration which helped them in learning based assignments e.g. solving math problems.
Skill-based learning is not only applicable to school level but also can be used in skill development programs for teens and adults. Training improves job hunting and experience helps you to get an excellent employment opportunity. Skill-based education is usually associated with non-traditional students but only 1% of the skill-based learners are the fresh students and 85% are experienced people who want to sharpen their creative minds. The school-based education and non-traditional education both are linked to having a directly proportional relationship with learning which gives a clear meaning that the future is in skill and not in information alone. To make our kids more innovative and independent of machines to analyze things, we should add skill-based learning techniques from early classes. Many smart school setups in US, UK, France, Germany, and India have developed this system in primary schools which should be appreciated and followed for more purposeful learning.