Beyond Memorization: The Benefits of Concept-based Learning

Beyond Memorization: The Benefits of Concept-based Learning

A significant component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is concept-based learning or conceptual learning. From the early years to the Diploma Program, the IB program employs a concept-based approach to teaching and learning across all subject areas. Concept-based learning is an educational approach that encourages students to understand basic concepts and principles, rather than isolated facts and knowledge.

At Sekolah Victory Plus, concepts are used as the foundation for learning. Students are introduced to fundamental concepts and ideas, such as “change” or “perspectives,” to explore various subjects including science, math, and social studies.

The Initial benefit of concept-based learning is that it promotes students’ motivation. A study revealed that conceptual learning has positive impacts on students’ academic engagement. Rather than memorizing formulas or simply following teachers’ instructions, students are urged to question and analyze. They learn how to ask questions, helping them develop a better understanding of any particular subject area. More engaging and relevant learning keeps them interested and motivated.

Concept-based learning also helps students grow as independent thinkers and problem solvers. Students learn to make connections between different subjects and see the relevance of what they are learning. For example, a student learning about the concept of energy in a science class can apply this knowledge to understand the energy consumption of a building in a math class. This way of thinking contributes to a higher level of student understanding. A study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that students who participated in concept-based learning outperformed their peers on standardized tests by an average of 12%.

By understanding how these subjects are interconnected, it can foster students’ creativity in figuring out how their knowledge can be applied to real-world problems. Students learn how to transfer their knowledge within a subject, between subjects, between grades, and even between school and the world around them. This is especially important in today’s world, where there is a growing demand for individuals who can think critically and quickly adapt to new situations.

By experiencing concept-based learning, students will be able to apply abstract ideas to real-world situations and develop transferable skills such as creativity, communication, and collaboration. At Sekolah Victory Plus, we are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative approach to education and look forward to continuing to support our students as they face the fast-paced and ever-changing world.

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