Discovery Learning is an inquiry-based learning method, where an individual obtains knowledge for oneself (Bruner, 1961). Discovery learning emphasizes a hypothetical mode of teaching/learning as opposed to a more didactic mode. Discovery learning encourages students to ask questions and formulate their own tentative answers, and to deduce general principles from practical examples or experience (Alternative Modes of Teaching and Learning). Discovery Learning encompasses different ideas and methodologies that are used to induce a learner to produce a response, an idea, a generalization with minimal help from a teacher (McDonald, 1965).
Discovery Learning is based on the assumption that education is a process, not a set of facts. It is a development of an attitude toward learning and inquiry and a foundation for individual problem solving (Alternative Modes of Teaching and Learning).
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