Category Archives: Pedagogy

A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

Socratic seminars have been around, obviously, since the days of Socratics. I believe they are an underutilized but powerful instructional strategy. In the Socratic method of education, teachers engage students by asking questions that require generative answers. Ideally, the answers … Continue reading

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Theatre Pedagogy

Theatre pedagogy (German: Theaterpädagogik) is an independent discipline combining both theatre and pedagogy. As a field that arose during the 20th century, theatre pedagogy has developed separately from drama education, the distinction being that the drama teacher typically teaches method, … Continue reading

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Innovating Pedagogy 2015

This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This fourth report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency and are having an … Continue reading

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Theorizing Pedagogical Interaction: Insights from Conversation Analysis

Pedagogical interaction can be observed through many different landscapes, such as the graduate seminar, the writing skills center, the after-school literacy program, adult ESL classrooms, and post-observation conferences. By viewing these settings through the lens of conversation analysis, this volume … Continue reading

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Learning as Relational: Intersubjectivity and Pedagogy in Higher Education

The decision to make the student population financially responsible for their own university education has major implications for the future of higher education provision. Chief among these implications will undoubtedly be a much stronger emphasis on the student experience, not … Continue reading

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Paulo Freire: Pedagogy in the Grand Style

Freire’s is pedagogy in the grand style. It is a pedagogy with a mission – one appealing to teachers who have the profoundest sense of their vocation – of their calling, not just as teachers of a single subject, but … Continue reading

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Encouraging Reflective and Critical Thinking – An Action Research exploration of Teaching and Learning

Using act, reflect, and revise cycles of action research, this study explores ways of encouraging students to think about their thinking, their reading strategies, and their comprehension of the text while reading. Sentence starters, questions, and discussions guide their thinking … Continue reading

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How Critical Is Critical Thinking?

Recent educational discourse is full of references to the value of critical thinking as a 21st-century skill. In music education, critical thinking has been discussed in relation to problem solving and music listening, and some researchers suggest that training in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a Pedagogy OF Complexity

There is now a developed and extensive literature on the implications of the ‘complexity frame of reference’ for education in general and pedagogy in particular. This includes a wide range of interesting contributions which consider how complexity can inform, inter … Continue reading

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Freireian Pedagogy, Praxis, and Possibilities

Within Freire’s system of pedagogy, an individual’s ontological vocation is to be a subject who acts upon, and transforms, the world in order to become more fully human. This praxis, reflection and action, moves the individual towards ever new possibilities … Continue reading

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