Action-Based Learning: Concept & Activities

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Instructor: Sherri Nash

Sherri’s teaching includes middle school through college. Degrees include bachelor’s marketing education, master’s adult education and doctorate in curriculum instruction.

Action-Based Learning concepts relate to brain-based learning theory and can increase student learning and retention. Discover activities to implement in your classroom using action-based learning concepts.

Let's Talk Learning Theory

Action-Based Learning is a pedagogy of brain-based learning theory which focuses on the structure and workings of the brain in regards to learning. Eighty-five percent of students learn best using kinesthetic learning strategies, which include physical movement found in Action-Based Learning activities. We will explore Action-Based Learning concepts and effective learning activities to promote student learning, retrieval of information and long term retention.

Brain-based learning, also called educational neuroscience, identifies effective learning strategies based on how the brain retrieves and retains information. The biological side of this theory examines the holistic structure of the brain where learning occurs. Senses of smell, taste, feeling, touch, and hearing must be used in the teaching process for kinesthetic learners. Motor skills, spatial ability, coordination, and social interaction are developed with physical activities integrated into the learning activities. Movement provides more oxygen into the brain for increased learning. As a result, academic learning is improved as a result of increasing the neural connectors in the brain.

Action-Based Learning Concepts

The creators of the Action-Based Learning concepts are Jean Blaydes-Madigan and Dr. John Ratey. These concepts are supported by research showing there is an increase in learning when students participate in physical activities. Brain scans demonstrate a growth in brain cells and increase in function from exercise. The purpose, then, is to integrate physical activity and movement in the instruction during academic classes. Exercise promotes healthy bodies and minds, and allows for an increased level of socialization in the classroom.

Action-Based Learning activities can be implemented at all age levels, but particularly have learning developmental benefits for young children through age seven. Older students to adults can still benefit from these learning strategies to enrich and remediate their learning, too.

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