Research and analysis
What makes great pedagogy? Nine claims from research
Literature review from the national research and development network.
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The national research and development network was created by the National College for School Leadership.
In this paper, research literature is used to advance 9 strong claims about the characteristics of highly successful pedagogies:
- Effective pedagogies give serious consideration to pupil voice.
- Effective pedagogies depend on behaviour (what teachers do), knowledge and understanding (what teachers know) and beliefs (why teachers act as they do).
- Effective pedagogies involve clear thinking about longer term learning outcomes as well as short-term goals.
- Effective pedagogies build on pupils’ prior learning and experience.
- Effective pedagogies involve scaffolding pupil learning.
- Effective pedagogies involve a range of techniques, including whole-class and structured group work, guided learning and individual activity.
- Effective pedagogies focus on developing higher order thinking and meta-cognition, and make good use of dialogue and questioning in order to do so.
- Effective pedagogies embed assessment for learning.
- Effective pedagogies are inclusive and take the diverse needs of a range of learners, as well as matters of student equity, into account.
Published: 1 September 2012