Significance of direct experience in present day education

Present day education lays mere and more emphasis on direct experiences. The school should try to provide the maximum number of direct experiences. Direct experiences cut across the monotony of the formal classroom and also the disgust of the bookish knowledge. Direct experience combines in itself work as well as play.

A natural corollary to direct experience is activity, mental as well as physical. Whether the direct experience is of some experiment in the school laboratory or of an out school fled work or of finding a solution to a practical problem, it occupies the whole being of the child and leads to speedy growth, intellectual as well as physical.

The direct experience which may be of educative value may consists of varied activities, ranging from taking the pupils to places of interests, to the observation of specimen, models and illustrations and the use of apparatus for experimentation.