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This is one of the most readable articles explaining research that shows the value of exploration and discovery in learning in contrast to direct instruction. The author, University of California-Berkeley professor and research Alison Gopnick, describes two studies in which young children display more curiosity and creativity when they can explore a new object without direct teaching than when they are first taught from a teacher about how the object works. This is a powerful article and research summary that you can share with principals, teachers, parents, and others to help them understand the difference between direct instruction and exploration in learning.
Author: Alison Gopnick
Location: Slate Magazine
Gopnick, A. (2011). Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School. Slate Magazine.