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SoWhat is Effective Teaching? Some insights from the literature. Fran Sokel Slide 2 First thoughts What do you consider as effective teaching? Slide 3 Todays Areas of Focus Defining the concept of effective teaching Teacher Effectiveness Research a brief overview Pupil engagement Authentic pedagogy Slide 4 What do we mean by effective teaching? 'Although a great deal of research has focused on teacher effectiveness,.it is not exactly clear what 'effective teaching' is. (Patrick and Smart, 1998) _____ there is no single agreed outcome (Wragg et al 1996) ____ 'Several terms have been used and the different terms are sometimes used interchangeably (Turner-Bisset 2001:2) (e.g. good, quality, best, effective, successful) Slide 5 Howeverin considering that teaching must surely involve learning.. Within their classrooms, effective teachers create learning environments which foster pupil progress. (Hay McBer:2001) Slide 6 From my observations. The field has little patience for ineffective (English) teachers: parents, school principals and pupils themselves want to see that learning is going on from the outset. So. We have to teach so that learning happens! Slide 7 Sohow can teachers best foster learning? The research shows that there is no one way to do this. There are many factors involved in achieving this goal. Slide 8 Teacher Effectiveness Research : From past to present TER - a body of research Presage-product research Process-product research TER in the past two decades Slide 9 Why the changes in the nature of TER in more recent times? Teaching as a profession a knowledge base Learning theory Slide 10 A synthesis of recent research Context relevance (eg. ELL, EFL, L1 literacy instruction) Pupil engagement -a recurring theme Slide 11 What is engagement in learning? Procedural engagement : observable behaviours, such as paying attention in class and completing assignments (Gettinger and Seibert 2002) Substantive engagement a sustained personal commitment to and engagement in the content of instruction (Gettinger and Seibert 2002) comprises an emotional component (as identified by Skinner and Belmont, 1993 & Hargreaves, 2003) Slide 12 The research indicates that: Significant academic achievement is not possible without sustained, substantive engagement. (Nystrand and Gamoran 1991) Substantive engagement can be achieved, in turn, through authentic pedagogy. Slide 13 Authentic Pedagogy is rooted in constructivist learning theory and involves: authentic academic work leading to. authentic learning, leading to authentic achievement assessed by authentic assessment methods. Slide 14 Authenticity in Pedagogy: 3 underlying criteria Knowledge construction Disciplined inquiry Value beyond the classroom Slide 15 Knowledge Construction using or manipulating knowledge as in analysis, interpretation, synthesis and evaluation, rather than only reproducing knowledge in previously stated forms. (Newmann 2000) Slide 16 Disciplined Inquiry gaining in-depth understanding of limited topics, rather than superficial acquaintance with many, and using elaborated forms of communication to learn and express conclusions. (Newmann 2000) Slide 17 Value Beyond the Classroom Connections to the world beyond the classroom. (Knobloch 2003) Value beyond school: the production of discourse, products, and performances that have personal, aesthetic or social significance beyond demonstration of success to a teacher. (Newmann 2000) Slide 18 Lets consider some of the more common exercises found in the text books.. 1. Match the present form of the verb to its past form. 2. Complete the sentences using the words in the bank. 3. Choose the correct sentence for each picture. Slide 19 Do such tasks fulfil the criteria for authentic tasks? Do they facilitate/reflect The construction of knowledge? Disciplined inquiry? Value beyond school? Slide 20 Examples of authentic tasks Topic-based research projects Shorter informative written tasks an ID card for a character, a description, a Facebook profile page Creative writing/oral tasks write an interview, make a book cover Elaborated discourse in-depth discussion about a topic of relevance Slide 21 What does this mean in practice? No need to completely ditch the standard exercise but dont let it stop there!! Make sure you also provide authentic tasks that Slide 22 are open-ended, allow for various possible responses. do not have clear right/wrong answers. Slide 23 do not rely on memory only but make pupils think and share ideas. have meaning and relevance beyond the classroom Slide 24 Sowhat did we talk about? Effective teaching leads to learning TER research Pupil engagement Authentic tasks that do not merely rely on memorising but demand: Knowledge construction In-depth inquiry Relevance beyond the classroom Slide 25 So, please .. Take a look at what you do in your lessons. Consider how much time is spent engaging pupils through authentic pedagogy Make more opportunities to do so and Slide 26 become an (even more) effective teacher ! Slide 27 References Gettinger, M., and Seibert, J.K., 2002, Best Practices in Increasing Academic Learning Time, In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology (4th ed., pp. 773788). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists. Accessed from Hargreaves, A., 2003, Teaching in the Knowledge Society; Education in the Age of Insecurity, Teachers College Press, New York. Hay McBer, 2000 Research into Teacher Effectiveness: A Model of Teacher Effectiveness Report, Department for Education and Employment, UK Knobloch, N. A., 2003, Is experiential learning authentic? Journal of Agricultural Education, Vol 44, No. 4, pp22-34 Newmann, F.M., 2000, Authentic Intellectual work: What and Why? Research/Practice newsletter Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), University of Minnesota, Volume 8, Number 1 Accessed from Nystrand, M., and Gamoran, A., 1991, Instructional Discourse, Student Engagement, and Literature Achievement, research in the Teaching of English, Vo. 25, No. 3, pp 261-289 Patrick, J., and Smart, R.M., 19989, An Empirical Evaluation of Teacher effectiveness: the emergence of three critical factors, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 23, No. 2 Skinner, E.A., and Belmont, M.J., (1993), Motivation in the Classroom: Reciprocal Effects of teacher behavior and Student Engagement Across the School year, Journal of Educational psychology, Vol. 85, No. 4, pp571-581 Turner-Bisset, R., 2001, Expert Teaching: Knowledge and Pedagogy to Lead the Profession, UK, David Fulton Publishers, Wragg, E.C., Wikely, F.J., Wragg, C., M., and Haynes, G.S., 1996, Teacher appraisal observed Routledge, London Slide 28 Thank you!