The Learning Renaissance

The Pyramid of Learning – Sensory Integration

When people, particularly politicians, speak of learning related to schools, they adopt a very narrow definition of learning. Essentially they talking about curriculum, and that is effectively about the content of what is to be learnt.

A more representative vision of learning would need to take into account many related developmental factors which develop, not in the batches on which schools are organised, but at the rates of the individual.

Williams and Shellenberger (1996) formulated their pyramid of learning and it highlights how sensory integration relates to a child’s learning process. It offers a more rational view of the way students need to develop their learning. There is no mention of subjects or particular pieces of knowledge at all.


Further reading:

Visual Supports & Beyond – Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration Disorder: A Misunderstood Form of ADD/ADHD in Children | Indonesia Expat


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I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

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