The skill-based learning approach is based on the understanding that everything is learnt better when it is practiced in real life. On the other hand, knowledge-based learning focuses more on rote learning or the traditional ‘read and write’ system.
Some of the benefits of skill-based education include:
1. Improves and Encourages Creativity
“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” —Bruce Garrabrandt
It allows students to think outside the box and promotes a higher level of problem-solving.Skill-based education places creativity along with critical thinking, making the learners analytical. It focuses more on synthesis, evaluation and application of the learnt facts.
The assessment demonstrates their competency rather than grades and the education process is a great boon for drop-outs, as they can easily move ahead without a gap.
2. Creates a Sense of Independence:
Skill-based education is definitely more effective and purpose-driven, which helps the students receive a clear objective along with a vibrant culture. It is a perfect mixture of opinions, values and routine to form a solid foundation. It promotes and develops the art of learning and development hence empowering the students to become successful in their chosen field.
3. Problem SoIving and Better Communication :
The students learn how to work in a constructive manner to solve problems in a collaborative manner. Skill-based learning helps to integrate the learners with real life experiences and promotes effective communication skills: oral and written, in situational contexts, unknowingly enhancing the relevance and appropriateness in their behavior patterns.
4. Builds Cooperation and Teamwork:
“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
It also ‘hones leadership’. The skill-based education helps the students become altruistic, chivalrous and gracious. Through activities and events, the students build adroitness that helps them listen, organize and inspire the team, thereby building leadership qualities in them.
Several educational reforms in the form of continuous and comprehensive evaluation, age-appropriate admission, and focus on activity-based learning have been introduced at the elementary level, yet rote learning and periodic pen and paper tests are still being practiced in schools.
The children have little opportunity to ask questions in the classroom, discuss among themselves and take part in debates.
The need of the hour is that the teachers themselves be aware of all these and go ahead and try to remove existing flaws in the education system. It is evident that there are many obstacles in the path, and it’s very daunting to achieve the goal. But one step at a time will make the journey happen. If the teacher comes forward and asks for help, rest assured, there are many people and organizations who are more than happy to help them and undertake all possible measures to make their journey smooth.
Skill-based education guides the students where to look, doesn’t limit their world to what to see and so it is the true celebration of inquisitiveness of future seekers of the Millennium.