It is indeed a proven fact that children learn best through play, especially those at the Early childhood and Primary/Elementary levels.
The aim of every parent and educator should be to capitalize on this valuable medium of learning in ensuring that our children realize their true potential. We should do all we can, to provide the necessary support their need to harvest these potentials as early as possible.
Introduction of new curriculum every few years in a bid to improve the education system, has lead to different counties promoting a more learner-centered approach to pedagogy. Thus a Game-Based Educational website for parents, teachers and students should be particularly impactful at this time.
The educational landscape of countries around the world is rapidly changing. The principles of lifelong learning, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and creativity should be most important in our educational transformation at all levels. These are the principles which will serve as the foundation of the Game-based Approach.
In terms of our children, games can foster the development of their intra-personal and inter-personal skills thereby building the requisite social skills which will serve to prepare them for the world of work.
The constructivism theory is the basis on which Game-based Learning is modeled. This states that:
- Learning is active and learners construct their knowledge about a subject through active engagement in learning and by building on past knowledge and experience(Brunner 1996).
- Knowledge based on the learner’s active participation, it is not passively acquired.
- knowledge is biologically and neurologically constructed, as well as social, cultural and language based interactions.
- Learning is based on interactive situated practices.
- What the learner does is more than verbal and textual, it stems from the meaning of texts and symbols.
- Social interaction plays a fundamental role in the process of cognitive development, – Vygotsky’s Social Learning Theory. This theory also promotes learning contexts in which learners play an active role in their learning.
- Learning through games encourage the development of critical thinking and social skills; the ability to solve problems and open a world of discovery learning.
- Games promote both collaboration and learning from others which are fundamentals of the constructivist theory.