Enhancing Science Teaching Through Effective Multisensory Integration Approach

Prasannakumar, S ; Saminathan, B.

Abstract

Sensory integration takes place in the central nervous system where complex interactions such as co-ordination, attention, arousal levels, autonomic functioning, emotions, memory and higher level cognitive functions are carried out. Sensory integration gets information through the senses, puts it together with prior knowledge, information and memories already stored in the brain to make a meaningful response. Multi-sensory learning, as the name implies, is the process of learning a new subject matter through the use of two or more senses. This may include combining visual, auditory, tactile or kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatory sensation. By activating brain regions associated with touch, flavour, audition and vision, they indicate a direct relationship between perceptual knowledge and sensory brain mechanisms. The present research study to find out effectiveness of Multisensory Integration Approach to Enhancing Achievement on Science among IX Standard Students reveals that activating appropriate processes through Multisensory Integration Approach plays a vital role in improving achievement in science. Further it is observed that the Multisensory Integration Approach expands the learning schema, since the learner is able to activate appropriate sensory integration. This contributes to meaningful and joyful learning. This facilitates the teacher’s task of enabling the students to apply Multisensory Integration Model on enhancing learning.


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