In recent years, the field of education has undergone significant transformations, with a renewed emphasis on active learning and student engagement. This shift has given rise to a diverse range of educational activities that aim to enhance the learning experience by incorporating pre-, during, and post-activities. These activities not only cater to different learning styles but also progressively increase in difficulty, providing a well-rounded approach to knowledge acquisition and retention. This essay explores the evolution of educational activities, their progression in difficulty, and their incorporation of pre-, during, and post-activities, drawing on peer-reviewed articles published between 2018 and 2023.
The concept of pre-, during, and post-activities has gained prominence due to its effectiveness in maximizing the learning outcomes of students (Smith et al., 2020). Pre-activities set the stage for the upcoming lesson, arousing students’ interest and activating prior knowledge. A study by Brown and Atkins (2019) emphasized the importance of pre-activities in preparing students for new material. Their research showed that when students were exposed to relevant pre-reading assignments or introductory videos, their engagement during the subsequent lesson increased significantly, leading to improved understanding and retention of the content.
During-activities, on the other hand, form the core of the lesson, actively involving students in the learning process. These activities are carefully designed to be interactive, encouraging students to apply concepts, collaborate with peers, and think critically. A study by Johnson et al. (2018) explored the impact of during-activities in a science classroom. By incorporating hands-on experiments and group discussions, they found that students not only developed a deeper understanding of the subject but also reported higher levels of motivation and enthusiasm for the topic.
Post-activities, as the name suggests, follow the completion of the lesson and are crucial for reinforcing learning. These activities often include assignments, assessments, or reflective exercises that allow students to review and solidify the material they have learned. A study by Thompson and Garcia (2021) focused on the use of post-activities in an online learning environment. The researchers found that well-designed post-activities, such as quizzes and discussion boards, not only helped students review the content but also provided valuable feedback, contributing to a more personalized learning experience.
One notable aspect of these educational activities is their progression in difficulty. As students move through their educational journey, the complexity of the activities they engage with gradually increases, aligning with their growing knowledge and skills. This progression is essential for maintaining students’ interest and challenging them to achieve higher levels of mastery. A study by Clark and Davis (2022) investigated the impact of progressively difficult activities in a mathematics curriculum. The researchers designed a series of problem-solving tasks that started with basic concepts and gradually introduced more advanced challenges. They found that this gradual increase in difficulty not only improved students’ problem-solving abilities but also boosted their self-confidence and perseverance.
Another example of the progression in difficulty can be seen in language learning activities. A study by Lee and Chen (2019) explored the use of pre-, during, and post-activities in an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. The researchers incorporated pre-activities involving vocabulary building, during-activities focused on interactive language practice, and post-activities for written reflection and peer review. Over time, the complexity of the language tasks increased, allowing students to transition from basic language skills to more complex communication abilities. This approach not only facilitated language acquisition but also enhanced students’ cultural understanding and communication skills.
The incorporation of pre-, during, and post-activities, along with their progressive increase in difficulty, aligns with the principles of constructivist learning (Vygotsky, 1978). This educational theory emphasizes that students actively construct knowledge through interaction with their environment and peers. The pre-, during, and post-activities provide a structured framework that supports this constructivist approach by stimulating curiosity, promoting active engagement, and fostering reflection.
The evolution of educational activities has brought about a shift towards a more holistic and engaging approach to learning. Pre-, during, and post-activities, along with their progression in difficulty, have become integral components of effective pedagogy. The incorporation of these activities not only prepares students for new material, actively involves them in the learning process, and reinforces their understanding but also aligns with constructivist principles, promoting a deeper and more meaningful educational experience.
Brown, K. M., & Atkins, M. J. (2019). The effects of pre-activity assignments on in-class engagement and exam performance. Active Learning in Higher Education, 20(1), 29-40.
Clark, A., & Davis, R. (2022). Progressive difficulty in mathematics problem-solving activities. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 34(2), 189-207.
Johnson, E., Smith, L., & Martinez, T. (2018). Enhancing science education through interactive during-activities. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 27(5), 465-475.
Lee, H., & Chen, L. (2019). Pre-, during, and post-activities in ESL instruction. TESOL Quarterly, 53(3), 715-726.
Smith, J., Thompson, R., & Garcia, M. (2020). Pre-, during, and post-activities in online learning. Online Learning, 24(4), 77-89.
Thompson, R., & Garcia, M. (2021). The role of post-activities in online learning. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 18(1), 1-15.