There are two basic principles of the learning approach of TEGV. These principles are considered in all kinds of education/learning activities brought to life by children, volunteers and stakeholders.
“Active learning is a learning process that the learner carries the responsibility for the learning process, is given the opportunities for decision making and self-regulation about the various aspects of learning process and is forced to use the mental capabilities during the learning process with complex educational tasks.” It is important to embrace an approach that will encourage the participation of children and volunteers, is open to development with their efforts, is fun, attaches importance to experimenting, experience, sharing, games and digital tools and platforms and makes learning fun.
Active learning as an education approach includes the below given fundamental principles:
- The child is an active element of the learning process.
- Every child’s learning skills can be improved.
- Individual and cultural differences are taken into consideration for learning. Knowledge and skills are shaped by making use of past experiences.
- Active interaction with the environment is important for learning.
- Works and activities (what you make the child do) are important.
- Methods and techniques used in active learning encourage children in the learning environment to cooperate with the other children and make them active,
It is essential that TEGV learning environment, tools, programs and activities are planned and implemented with the active learning approach.
The learning process in TEGV is a process which every member participating in it learns. Educational activities at TEGV are planned and implemented in a way that encourages especially children, volunteers, families and other stakeholders to learn by interacting. It is essential that everyone is participating voluntarily in the process.
Our volunteers are not just middlemen who took responsibility to bring together TEGV program and activities with children. The learning process at TEGV doesn’t work in a mechanical relationship as “teacher-teaching program-learner”. The volunteers are one of the most critical elements of the learning process. They are expected to be active participants in the process of planning, implementation and evaluation of learning activities. There are outcomes and responsibilities for the volunteers as a result of this participation.
TEGV expects its employees, especially the ones who are actively responsible in the education related matters, to actively participate in planning, implementation and evaluation of its learning processes.