Is based on this "Aha!" method. Is an inquiry-based learning method. Takes place most notably in problem solving situations where the learner draws on his own experience and prior knowledge to discover the truths that are to be learned. It is a personal, internal, constructivist learning environment. Provides students with opportunities to develop hypotheses to answer questions and it can contribute to the development of a lifelong love of learning. Students propose issues or problems, gather data and observations to develop hypotheses, confirm or refine their hypotheses, and explain or prove their problems.
The idea behind discovery learning is that people understand and remember concepts better when they have discovered them on their own. Discovery learning includes activities such as experimentation, data interpretation, interviews, and dissection. See the following examples: Experimentation: Students may learn through experimentation how the position of the fulcrum affects the force necessary to raise a given object using a lever. Data interpretation: Examining family trees showing which members have a disease will allow students to determine whether the allele causing the disease is recessive, dominant, or sex-linked. Interviews: Students can learn about integration by interviewing people in their community who remember when the schools were segregated. Dissection: Dissecting small branches will show students that only the green cambium layer of a tree is living and active in water and nutrient transport.
Discovery Learning. September 12, 2008, from Learn NC Web site: http://www.learnnc.org/reference/discovery%20learninghttp://www.learnnc.org/reference/discovery%20learning Bruner, J. Discovery Learning (Bruner). September 17, 2008, from Learning-Theories.com Web site: http://www.learning- theories.com/discovery-learning-bruner.htmlhttp://www.learning- theories.com/discovery-learning-bruner.html Clark, D. (January 22, 2000). Discovery Learning. September 12, 2008, from Web site: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/history/discovery.ht ml http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/history/discovery.ht ml