TEGV’s learning approach hosts two basic principles. These principles are taken into consideration in all kinds of training/learning activity performed with children, volunteers and stakeholders.
“Active learning is a learning process in which the learner has responsibility for the learning process, they are given the opportunity to make decisions and self-regulate on various aspects of the learning process and are forced to use their mental abilities during learning.” When designing the learning environment and tools, it is important to adopt an approach which will encourage child and volunteer participation, is open to development through their participation, is fun, attaches importance to experiments, experiences, sharing, games and digital tools and platforms and makes learning enjoyable.
Active learning as an educational approach includes the following basic principles:
- The child is an active element of the learning process.
- Every child’s learning skills can be improved.
- Individual and cultural differences are considered in learning. Knowledge and skills are structured using past experiences.
- Active interaction with the environment is important in learning.
- Things and activities (what you make the child do) are important.
- The methods and techniques applied in active learning encourage and enable children to collaborate with other children in the learning environment.
It is essential to prepare and implement TEGV learning environments and tools, programs, activities with the active learning approach.
At TEGV, learning is a process through which all participants learn. Educational activities at TEGV are planned and implemented so as to encourage the learning of the volunteers, families and other stakeholders, especially children, interactively. Voluntary participation of everyone in this process is essential.
Our volunteers are not simply intermediaries who have taken on the responsibility for delivering TEGV programs and activities to children. At TEGV, the learning process does not work in the mechanical relation of “teacher-curriculum-learner”. Volunteers are one of the most critical elements in the learning process. They are expected to be active participants of the planning, implementation and evaluation in learning activities. There are gains and responsibilities brought to the volunteers by this participation.
Active participation of TEGV employees, especially those who have direct responsibility for education, is expected for the effective planning, implementation and evaluation of learning processes.