Encouraging your child to be part of the learning process is important. Active learners are involved in the learning process through discussion, collaboration and problem solving. Passive learners operate in an environment where the teacher is dominant – there is generally little interaction with students.

It is important to remember that active learning encourages creativity, self-directed learning, discussion and collaboration.

At Engaged Learners, children who have spent their primary school years coasting along as passive learners discover for the first time what its like to be an active learner…This inspiring transformation not only impacts a child’s academic skills and abilities, but it empowers children to experience their creative potential and to see themselves as active participants in their own learning.



1) Unesco – Convention on the Rights of The Child (1989) retrieved March 27, 2014 from www.unesco.org/eduction/pdf/CHILD_E.PDF
Bonwell,C: Eison, J. (1991) Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom. School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington DC.

2) Toates, F. (2009) Burrhus F. Skinner: The Shaping of Behaviour (Mind Shapers). Palgrave Macmillan Publishers. London, UK.