Papers & Workshops



Accelerative Learning: Experience, Theory and Application


Tony Owens and Gertrud Tissen

Department of School and Early Childhood Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Approaches to learning appeared historically in the writings of Comenius, and reappeared in psychological research including work of Nobel prize winners, Sperry and Ornstein as well as educational research of Lozanov, Asher and Schuster. Accelerative methods apply sensory associations to classroom learning and cater for student differences in learning styles and intelligences. Attempts are also made to for learning to occur through both conscious and unconscious processes and to affect a broad sample of brain tissue. Learning occurs in a relaxed and calm state of mind that appears to require minimal effort. The workshop will occur over two days. In Day 1 methods will be partially introduced as participants take the role of students. Day 2 will comprise subgroup participants developing their own lesson plan using aspects of the accelerative approach including sensory learning styles and multiple intelligences.
  Presentation Format: 2 x 90 min workshops

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead projector; Light controls (dimmers); Sound system with controls; Radio microphone; Movable chairs; Area for activities