From novice to expert: A critical evaluation of direct instruction?
From 4:30pm until 6:00pm
At Department of Education
(with refreshments from 4.00pm)
Dr Christian Bokhove, Associate Professor in Mathematics Education, University of Southampton
Direct instruction is a hot topic in school, but discussions about it often end up with people talking past each other, as the term can mean several things. In this talk Dr Bokhove will look at different ways of conceptualising 'direct instruction', for example as scripted Direct Instruction (in capitals) from the seminal Project Follow Through, lecturing and more interactive teaching like Rosenshine's 'explicit instruction' and 'active learning'. He will also highlight strengths and limitations of their respective evidence bases, exploring the 'guidance dilemma' that all teachers face: what amount of guidance do we use in teaching and learning in learners' journey from novice towards more expert. The seminar will conclude with some concrete recommendations – followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
The presentation material can be found here