Our methodology is inspired by works of founders of experiential learning approach like John Dewey, Kurt Lewin and Jean Piaget. However, our methodology is very similar to David Kolb’s four-stage model of experiential learning. It is argued that our methodology is practical application of this approach in teaching school curriculum.
- First stage– Learning begins with concrete experience. Concepts are introduced via learning toys. Children play and discover concept.
- Second Stage– This learning continues in mobile games where children reflect on what they have understood. They think about the concept from different angles while playing games on mobile.
- Third stage– Once they start grasping the concept, pen and paper is introduced. Conceptualising begins and children start thinking in abstract and starts doing exercises on workbook. This is a gradual movement from concrete to abstract.
- Fourth stage– Now children start experimenting and applying their understanding. At this stage children’s activities and pen and paper work is assessed and diagnostic report is generated. Remedial is planned and learning continues.
Following two educators of Indian origin has contributed significantly in the conception of this idea:
- P.K. Srinivasan – Fulbright Exchange teacher in USA. Later became Director Emeritus, Ramanujan Museum and Math Education Center (Chenni, India)
- M. Hyacintha A.C – Director, Carmel Teacher Center, Hazaribagh, India
- Invisible design of the products has been awarded by National institute of design (NID), Ahmedabad, India.
- J-PAL, a research center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States established that Vikalp shows substantial gain in learning outcomes.
- Vikalp has been featured twice in Outlook magazine for the impact it’s creating among students.
FINDINGS OF THIRD-PARTY ASSESSMENT
Conducted by FSG- international NGO based in Washington DC. Students subscribing to Vikalp methodology scored 61% higher than control students not subscribing to this way of learning. Conducted by Gray Matters – measures learning outcomes of children
- Average scale score of sample where conventional teaching is practiced – 88 out of 200 Average scale score after 1 year of implementation of Vikalp methodology – 105 out of 200
Conducted by Lean data study by Acumen – New York based assessment agency
- 80 % parents observed increase in their child’s score
- 83% parent observed improvement in interest in math, ability to grasp concepts, willingness to do homework independently.