The theory of Multiple Intelligences was first proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983. Multiple Intelligence theory shows that different individuals display different kind of intelligences and thus abilities to perform or likeliness to learn. Generally, eight types of intelligences are considered:
- Musical – High sensitivity to sounds, rhythm and music
- Visual – High awareness of visual cues, physical space and environment
- Verbal – Superior facility with words and languages
- Logical – High capacity with numbers, logic, abstractions, reasoning and critical thinking
- Kinesthetic – Great control of body movements, timing, co-ordination and physical activities
- Interpersonal–Good at understanding others’ feelings, nature and motivations, relationships
- Intrapersonal – Deep understanding of oneself, knowing one’s own strength, weaknesses & goals
- Naturalistic – Perceptive to nature & surroundings, animals and plants, ecology
Triway assesses learners to arrive at their dominant intelligences and then prescribes specific curricula and learning methods suited to them.
A multisensory approach, also known as VAKT (visual-auditory-kinesthetic-tactile) implies that students learn best when information is presented in different modalities (Mercer & Mercer, 1993)” (Murphy, 1997, p. 1). The belief is that students learn a new concept best when it is taught using the four modalities. A multisensory approach is one that integrates sensory activities.
In other words, multisensory learning tries to engage all or most of the learners’ senses when imparting information. Multisensory learning is highly effective for young students while their curiosity about the world is at its peak. E-Kindergarten lessons and activities are developed using the multisensory approach.
Role Play Based Learning
Across species, the young familiarize themselves with experiences to come through playing. Whether it is exploring the environment, interacting with others or gaining control over bodily movements, it all begins with little games. Research in the field of education has affirmed that cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and physical skills are developed through children’s play.
Role-Play based learning designs and simulates play environments and role-plays which result in specific learning. While the traditional formal schooling methods have been seen to not be particularly engrossing for many children, role-play based learning captures a child’s imagination and they learn without any exertions.
The activities that are part of EngCampus largely employ Role-Play based learning.