Multisensory learning

Listening to a teacher and using our eyes, along with visual approaches such as looking at books and watching videos, used to be the primary means of perception for learning. Yet human beings have many senses, including touch, taste and smell. Multisensory experiences, in which several senses are stimulated, have become popular in entertainment, tourism and healthcare in recent years. For example, they are often a feature in amusement parks and in 4D movies in cinemas. Researchers believe that the next generation of services in health, well-being and tourism, as well as in education and training, will be multisensory. All the senses are currently receiving more attention in education, due to advancements in technology-supported learning as well as growth in research with learners who have special needs, such as those who have severe reading difficulties. Evidence shows that stimulation of sensory channels and combinations of channels during learning can prove beneficial, resulting in learning gains and deeper understanding, as well as greater enjoyment. Multisensory teaching and learning can enhance communication, engagement, memorisation and understanding, though it might not be suitable for every learner.

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