Attitudes of Child Learning

Children learn in a multitude of ways, but particularly in active learning environments which engage them in learning through play whereas a passive environment is more focused on doing basic skills like doing workbook pages. The current study was done with twelve preschoolers in a head start classroom in order to determine what type of learning environment evoked a frustrated or interested response from the children. We found a preference in the children for an active environment of learning as opposed to the passive environments. We were able to produce higher interest levels in active learning environments. We, however, could not produce a significant response for frustration in passive learning environments. Limitations could include the fact that the researcher or observer is present in order to obtain information, as well as the presence of the teacher. In the future, making minor changes to the learning activities and procedures could possibly give a clear understanding without as many limitations, thus allowing for a better direction on child learning abilities.