Traditional approaches to education rely mainly on two of our senses – seeing and hearing. But new experimental methods involving all five have been developed in different parts of the world and their proponents say the results are impressive.
In this edition of Learning World Maha Barada and her team take a look at three of these, in Tunisia, the USA and Germany.
Tunisia: Sound makes sense
Can sound have a smell? Dr Slim Masmoudi, a cognitive psychologist in Tunisia believes it can in the domain of young learners. He has applied a multisensory approach to education at a kindergarten in Tunis and the children are reaping the benefits.
USA: room of relaxation
Children who have to stay a long time in hospital face many challenges, including disruption to their emotional and educational development. At several hospitals in the US, experts have created special ‘multisensory rooms’ where young patients can experience a range of exciting and fun sensory activities. The aim is to put them at ease in the hospital environment, in the belief that young minds develop better when relaxed.
Germany: maths through moving
The advantages of the multisensory approach are also being championed at one pioneering school in Hamburg, Germany. Teachers use a combination of movement and sights and sounds to help teach maths and spelling. The method appears to be having the desired effect, and the kids love it.
To find out more about all three stories watch the video.