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Lilli Nielsen and Active Learning

Danish educator, Dr. Lilli Nielsen, developed the theory of "active learning", maintaining that children who are blind with additional disabilities learn best by being actively involved in their environment without direct adult intervention. She encourages educators and families to design the environment in such a way that children are motivated to reach out and explore their surroundings, using materials such as a Little Room and Resonance Board.

Active Learning Resources

Active Learning Space Website

An Introduction to Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning

Mini Module Series On Deaf-Blindness


Developing my Classroom for Secondary-Aged Students Who Aren't Actively Engaging with People or Objects

Five Phases of Educational Treatment Used in Active Learning Based on Excerpts from Are You Blind? By Dr. Lilli Nielsen

Incorporating Active Learning Theory into Activity Routines

Resonance Board

Space for Active Learning

Taking a Look at the FIELA Curriculum: 730 Learning Environments by Dr. Lilli Nielsen

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