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How can we apply the 5 senses to design a better education system in which our future generation can be taught in.

Jinsop Lee describes the 5 senses as an experience. The more senses that the product or activity that you are engaged in evokes, the better the experience will be. For my question I wanted to relate Jinsops theory and apply it to somewhere in which it could possibly have a substantial impact. Kids, in my generation, seem to have a lack of care when it comes to education. The want to pick up a book and read has been lost, however; the generations behind me are using all the means of technology to learn. Technology, I’m sure, evokes many senses and feeling for those children which is why they keep using it. How can we apply, not just more technology, 5 senses into education. Does this mean "hands on" learning really is the best way to go?

Answers that I would fine helpful:
1.) How can the theory of design be applied to bettering our education system? How can we make it so kids will love to learn new things and that the information and or objects they interact with make them feel empowered?
2.) Will association of senses help kids learn better? Music will bring up good and bad memories. Can the same be done with information in books?

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    Nov 17 2013: One thing teacher training typically involves now, at least in the country where I live, is the idea that kids learn better if they are exposed to content through multiple avenues, including hearing it, seeing it, and engaging with it in a hands-on or motor-mediated way. This is not just because some people are more visual learners and others more auditory but also because most people benefit from a multi-sensory approach. This is one reason that even teachers inclined to lecture will use visual demonstrations and write on the board rather than just speaking, but also students get up out of their chairs and act things out or manipulate things manually. Textbooks and other books have diagrams and illustrations also for what visual images can add to understanding, and technological applications may involve applets that allow students to manipulate things to see what happens under different conditions.. Taking notes is useful also, not just to have a physical record or to induce students to pay better attention but also because it makes what was heard visual and has a motor component. There is a TED talk about doodling that shares research that people- even adults- often process information better while doodling.

    I think if you do some exploration into the literature as to "best practices" or common practices in teaching, you will find the mullti-sensory approach well represented and truly common..

    One book I often recommend to people starting to think about education is Bransford's How People Learn. Another much older reference is Bruner's The Process of Education.
  • Nov 17 2013: We may think that having the great technology means that students are now better off as they have greater access to knowledge. However, that could not be further from the truth. In reality technology just creates an over-stimulation of the same senses that had been traditionally used in education. I have heard from high school teachers that the new generation of students is lacking attention span due to stimulus over-stimulation, so the education is straggling to keep the knowledge delivery level of previous generations. So, as you acknowledged - the need to pick up a book is not there, and the book would not work today because of the lack of attention span.

    That said - I think that it's a great idea to apply the five senses to education.
    As I recall the education system has been struggling to deliver better knowledge to a very diverse group of students. And it has been acknowledged that some students respond better to some senses while other students respond better to different stimuli (i.e. reading, or visual, versus lecture, or sound).
    I can also add that technology has never made to the current level and thus was not able to deliver content for all five senses. However, with today's 3d printers and even some experiments with smell delivery systems for theaters, not to mention text to speech - it is now possible to deliver the content that can appeal to all senses.

    Though I am sure that there cannot be a one-fit-all education system, and the challenge for the theory of design would be to design a measurement system that would detect individual student's proper "perfect" sense chart that will work best for that student. Then the specific course would be created for groups of students who share the same or very similar requirements.
  • Nov 16 2013: Some academic subjects that are very difficult to make sensory in their pure form. However, you can add depth to the subject with a sensory experiences. I would say for history, visiting historic homes, observe re-enactments, watch movies about the period or use period devices might improve sensory learning. With English, I would say literature in all forms is pleasant to hear, plays are fun to participate in and fun to watch, and similarly movies and books appeal to some senses. For math and science, I think labs of all forms might be neat tools to help learning. However, let’s open the definition of lab up to include the kitchen, transportation vehicles, building sites, nature, and potentially any place where a creative adult teacher or parent can see applications for the lessons worth teaching.

    There is also a lot to be learned by doing technology and crafts of various kinds. The lessons associated with being able to shape wood or metal into useful projects enables the imagination to reduce many complex problems down to basic elements that can be assimilated into solutions. Being able to form metal and understand/repair machinery leads to a very tangible understanding of principles involved in making it work. People with this sort of “hands on” experience are generally able to associate many of the theories leaned in physics and engineering classes.

    Supplemental learning experiences such as Scouting try to expose members to as many different areas of interest as possible to provide the child a wide breadth of subject areas to draw from as they solve problems later in life (interesting statistics on this site: This type of “doing”, rather than passively watching, stays with people longer for some reason and instills many good personal attributes.

    A couple interesting sites: