We, humans, are social beings by nature and we need to mingle without others, have a dialogue, interact, be in physical contact to lead healthy and fruitful lives. That is one of the reasons that we send our kids to school – to interact with other children. Children learn from seeing and experiencing than bookish knowledge.
Interaction is not restricted to the kindergarten kids but is necessary for every stage of learning; people need to have a dialogue, question, argue and debate. This way of learning helps in personality development besides opening hidden facets of the subject. It is through interaction that one learns to respect another’s opinion and understand a different viewpoint. It basically widens the horizons of human acceptance and tolerance – a much need quality in the present troubled times.
Social interaction also improves the problem solving and critical thinking abilities of the learners. Besides this, individuals also learn the language and skills of public speaking and teaching.
That is why you see that students who interact with the teacher, ask questions clarify doubts are the ones who learn more and remember better because their brains are constantly working, analyzing and assimilating information but that is not the case with others who sit listlessly in a class and listen to the teacher’s monologue.
Thus, we can deduce that social interaction is beneficial for learning because students learn from each other and the whole process of learning becomes fun. Only when you are engaged and you interact do you learn more as we can see from the Montessori system of learning. That is the reason that nowadays there are more educational tours for children than before which is, of course, beneficial for the tourism industry as they come up with new student tour packages to ride the wave of interactive learning.