Academic Enrichment Activities
Intrinsic Learning Vs. Tangential Learning
Learning in afterschool academic enrichment activities is generally connected to the activity in one of two ways:
Intrinsic: The learning takes place through engaging in the activity itself (e.g. a rocketry program teaches how to calculate trajectory and account for wind speed).
Tangential: The learning is only marginally connected to the activity (e.g. students are allowed to play baseball after they write a report on a player's stats).
Of the two, we believe that intrinsic learning is more valuable to students because it engages them in the activity and enables them to see how academics can be used. Using the definitions above, please identify whether the learning opportunities in each of the following examples are intrinsic or tangential:
Activity One: Community Garden
Students maintain a community garden. They plant, pick, and sell the vegetables. The goal of this activity is for students to learn the planning and organization skills associated with math and science.