There are many reasons why students require practical knowledge and practice rather than theory only, such as the need to build on real life careers and better understanding and absorption of the curriculum.
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Alongside data and study materials, some subjects like biology, chemistry, botany, architecture, and accounting, for example, have a practical bias and empirical influence.
Indeed, I believe practical knowledge and experiences are much more interesting and long lasting compared with theory studies for the following reasons:
1. Real life retention is better than classroom theory dispensations – we can spend weeks studying the climate in a neighbouring country and yet not get the hang of it. However, if we happen to visit this country and stay there for some time, then we gain first hand practical knowledge, understanding and insight about that country’s climate. This stays longer and fresher in our minds much more than any classroom lecture.
2. Classroom lectures can be tedious, boring and repetitive with little innovation, freshness or creativity. Day in and day out the same lectures are delivered with similar monotonous drones until eventually we get bored, and then try to find excuses to bunk such classes. But if the lecturer combines lectures with show slides, practical examples and demos, or offers practical and interesting analogies, classes become more interesting and acceptable and stay longer in the memory.
3. Both the teacher and his/her students need to enjoy the deliberations that theory based lessons demand, but only up until a point. Too much, and the lesson can lose engagement. This is not the case with practical demos, which offer scope for comments, reviews and critique studies. For instance, theoretical anatomy lectures do not evoke much response from medical students, but practical anatomy classes draw forth more attentive crowds eager to learn, understand and absorb.
4. Some subjects are best taught by empirical studies – chemistry, for instance, is a very practical subject and based on practice and observations. The same holds true for biology too. Whereas a handful of subjects, such as political science, history or philosophy, are naturally wholly theory based.
As outlined above, it is important that practical knowledge is an essential part of theory studies in order to gain better student participation, attention and interest.