Ask to not whether, but why, before the bell tolls!

In the last News Blog we mentioned the recent overview of trials of different teaching methods. It turns out that frequent interaction with the class is important.[1] Teachers in England tend to ask ‘what’ questions. However, it is more effective to stimulate the minds of pupils with ‘why’ questions, as teachers in Singapore or Shanghai do (the world’s premier cities for pedagogy). As one of the Shanghai teachers said – “I don’t teach physics, I teach my pupils how to learn physics.” In the next News Blog we will summarise the evidence on Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director

References:

  1. Hattie J. The Applicability of Visible Learning to Higher Education. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. 2015; 1(1): 79-91.

 

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