Learning-by-doing (economics)

Learning by Doing (English for " learning by doing " ) is, in addition to learning the model, the most common form of learning in the lifelong learning process.


The pedagogical technical term learning by doing was coined by Friedrich Froebel not, Robert Baden -Powell and John Dewey, is assumed as always. According to research by Michael Knoll he comes rather from the English translation of the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. Known in the pedagogy of expression was mainly due to the Didactica Magna (1657/1858) by Johann Amos Comenius. To further spread the maxim especially the English Comenianer Simon Somerville Laurie (1881 ), the American journalist Henry Barnard (1881 ) and the American Fröbelianer Francis Wayland Parker ( 1883) have contributed.

The German educational reformer George Kerschensteinerschule used the expression in 1904, which is usually identified with the concept of American education philosopher John Dewey until 1911.

The phrase became the slogan, as in the second half of the 19th century became increasingly physical action as opposed to merely memorizing in educational theory and school practice in importance.


The " learning by doing " the social and cognitive learning content in the public be applied (in the sense of Habermas). The public can be as in service learning other students, school groups, schools or other institutions. When youth leadership, the public is any group that is accompanied by the " Leader" to independence.

The goal of the approach is to empower citizens to social and political action, and to encourage. The learned will be applied in practice. Do that, the actor experiences they reflect in the process also.

See also the pedagogical approaches of John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Hilbert Meyer and Adolf Reich wine.