What Teachers Need to Know Essay

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teaching methods What teachers need to know about Peter WestWood ACER Press First published 2008 by ACER Press, an imprint of Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd 19 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell Victoria, 3124, Australia www.acerpress.com.au sales@acer.edu.au Text © Peter Westwood 2008 Design and typography © ACER Press 2008 This book is copyright. All rights reserved. Except under the conditions described in the Copyright Act 1968 of Australia and subsequent amendments, and any exceptions permitted under the current statutory licence scheme administered by Copyright Agency Limited (www.copyright.com.au), no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, broadcast or communicated in any form or by any means, optical, digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher. Edited by Carolyn Glascodine Cover and text design by Mary Mason Typeset by Mary Mason Printed in Australia by Ligare National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication data: Author: Title: Westwood, Peter S. (Peter Stuart), 1936– What teachers need to know about teaching methods / Peter Westwood Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : ACER Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780864319128 (pbk.) Notes: Includes index. Subjects: Teaching—Methodology. Education—Philosophy. Dewey Number: 371.102 Contents Preface 1 Conceptualising learning and teaching Constructivism Active learning Deconstructing constructivism Direct teaching Direct Instruction (DI) Interactive whole-class teaching 2 direct teaching methods: suitability for purpose Varieties of direct teaching Lectures Classroom mini lectures Teacher-directed lessons The important role of direct teaching 3 student-centred methods: suitability for purpose Student-centred approaches Inquiry-based methods Discovery learning Problem-based

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