Children in Charge: Self-Directed Learning Programs | Edutopia

By Mirjam Schoning

In the ever-changing demands of todays economy, even children with a solid knowledge base in reading, writing, math, and science are not guaranteed a stable career for the rest of their lives. In addition, an increasing number of graduates will have to create their own jobs.

How can teachers foster the necessary creativity, entrepreneurialism, and lifelong curiosity necessary for young people to thrive?

Tools in the Hands of Children

Brent Hutcheson and his team at Hands On Technologies wanted to see if putting tools into the hands of children could make a difference under adverse conditions in the township of Atteridgeville, South Africa. They used colorful manipulatives to come up with different exercises that allowed children to take the lead in exploring ideas and concepts both individually or in small groups.

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