The SCI approach includes such techniques as substituting active learning experiences for lectures, assigning open-ended problems and problems requiring critical or creative thinking that cannot be solved by following text examples, involving students in simulations and role plays, and using self-paced and/or cooperative (team-based) learning. Properly implemented SCI can lead to increased motivation to learn, greater retention of knowledge, deeper understanding, and more positive attitudes towards the subject being taught.
At 10 Books A Home, we are built on the SCI model. This allows our Learners to channel their natural enthusiasm into learning more about the world around them, and shows their parents that everyday life is an educational opportunity.
In his paper "Where's the evidence that active learning works?" Joel Michael explores the benefits of SCI based on recent research in learning sciences, cognitive psychology, and educational psychology. Though his paper focuses on teaching science curriculum, his calls for educational reform are echoed in early childhood education programs like ours.
You can read Joel Michael's paper here:
Where's the evidence that active learning works?