E-DAC, the unique learning approach
The Takshila Schools follow a unique innovative approach called E-DACTM. It is the brainchild of a group of leading educationists and researchers at R&D centre of Educomp Solutions Limited, who have earlier created pioneering innovative learning systems like, Roots to WingsTM, Universal Learning System and the Millennium Learning System.
E-DAC - The essence
E-DAC™ is an acronym in which each letter signifies a stage of the four-stage sequence and methodology that is applied in the classroom. The learner here learns through a joyous discovery of the self and the world around, leading to positive outcomes. E-DAC™ approach to learning is an innovative yet scientifically designed methodology which is based on the fact that gaining knowledge is a never-ending process.
E – Engage, Excite and Encourage the learner to learn through environment D –Discover and learn by Doing, and Document to retain knowledge A – Assimilate, Analyze and Apply knowledge and skills C – Consolidate, Construct and Create to build and add to existing learning and reach out to others
E – Engage, excite and encourage
E-DACTM is based on the belief that learning happens when attitude and perceptions are positive. Since all learners are unique, varied activities are planned to cater to their individual needs and learning styles. This ensures that learner develops a positive attitude towards the learning to be acquired. In other words this stage builds interest and curiosity with which a child will begin her journey to learn. Here, the curriculum also uses the environment—both within and outside the classroom—as a medium of teaching-learning. Therefore, the environment is made conducive through the The Walls Speak concept, where even the walls of the classroom are used as teaching aids.
D – Discover, Do and Document
The learner internalizes knowledge through experience. Facilitators are equipped with the E-DACTM teaching strategies that help the learner discover and learn through three phases- guided learning (gaining knowledge on a given topic), problem based learning (learning by doing) and expository learning (documenting the learning experience). It provides creatively designed textbooks, workbooks along with skill building exercises and projects for the learner to encourage the spirit of discovery and enquiry. With every discovery the learner pauses to internalize and then documents his/her learning in his /her unique style.
A – Assimilate, Analyze and Apply
Learning does not stop with merely acquiring knowledge. The most effective learning occurs when a learner is able to use acquired knowledge meaningfully. It is important to note that from this stage the learner starts the ‘processing of learning’. Learners are assigned with the context-specific tasks where they apply their newly acquired knowledge. This stage requires higher order thinking skills in which the learner begins to think on his/her own and puts the knowledge gained to practical use. Here, E-DACTM introduces the learner to problem solving as well as builds life skills through exciting real life situations.
C – Consolidate, Construct and Create
E-DAC ensures that the mind acquires knowledge for life through its various sequential stages & allows the learner to make constructive use of the existing knowledge. Its aim is to help the learner create and exhibit something new in the form he/she is comfortable with, so that it is useful to the society. This paves the way for the students to evolve and progress.