The Importance of Education
Education is one of the most important factors in a successful and happy lifestyle. We receive education from a variety of sources such as school, university, and the world around us. We are constantly learning on the job and through communicating with other people. However, I’m sure we can all remember a time when a teaching method or an explanation just didn’t get through to us. A class we dreaded because we struggled to understand a teacher’s way of thought.
Not understanding subject matter makes life difficult and it makes education dull. Student engagement is becoming a more researched field of study these days, and the results are startling. Engagement data, as measured by the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE), has been shown to have positive impacts on retention, student success and achievement of learning outcomes (Kuh, 2003). Students who are actively engaged in their learning retain information better and have a lower dropout rate compared to those who are not. However, this data doesn’t just belong in the classroom.
Sir Kenneth Robinson (born 4 March 1950) is a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of the Arts in Schools Project (1985–89) and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989–2001), and is now Professor Emeritus at the same institution. In 2003 he was knighted for services to the arts.
Companies and organisations rely on people powering their business’ and performing their job well. In order for employees to perform at their best, they are constantly learning on the job. For a good business to run smoothly, you need well-educated employees, and the best way to educate them is by providing engaging methods of learning. Keeping your employees engaged can result in greater employee retention over a period of time.
Engagement in education also stretches outside of the inner workings of a business onto the customer base. A customer that can engage with a product or an advertisement is far more likely to provide a conversion, whether that be themselves purchasing it or telling their friends about it. A huge part of being able to explain a topic in an engaging manner is by having a deep understanding of it. This means you need to provide an explanation in the simplest way possible.
Once you’ve sussed out how to explain your topic or concept in the simplest manner, it needs to be presented in an eye catching fashion. Whether this is through spoken or written word or something more eye-catching like a poster or an explainer video it still needs to engage your learner. The best way to communicate your concept visually though is to keep it simple. Which applies to most things in education. When teaching, keep it simple and engaging.
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