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Educational practices - teaching science

What is science? Science is a way of knowing, a method of learning about nature. Rooted in common sense, its formal, systematic method is called scientific inquiry. In doing scientific inquiry, scientists use a variety of empirical approaches, techniques, and procedures to collect data from nature, examine and...

Educational practices -professional learning and development

This booklet looks at the research and evidence around effective CPD for teachers.   The focus is on the interrelated conditions for professional learning and development that mpact positively on valued student outcomes.

It looks at subjects like: focusing on valued student outcomes, worthwhile content, and...

Educational practices - principles of instruction

This booklet is about the most effective methods of teaching and presents ten research-based principles of instruction. These principles come from three sources:


(a) research on how the brain acquires and uses new information;
(b) research on the classroom practices of those teachers whose...

Educational practices -tutoring

This booklet is about tutoring. Tutoring can be defined as people who are not professional teachers helping and supporting the learning of others in an interactive, purposeful and systematic way.  

Research shows tutoring can be highly effective. This is good news, since in some places in some countries...

Educational practices - preventing behaviour problems

This booklet explains principles for preventing a large variety of youth problems ranging from discourtesy to serious life-threatening behaviour such as smoking, alcohol abuse and violence. Parents, educators and their professional colleagues and others face these problems within and outside schools. Although...

Educational practices -teaching speaking listening and writing

This booklet draws on educational research and extensive experience with classroom practices to explain important principles for increasing literacy.

Writing, speaking and listening are communication skills that are important in all subject areas in the curriculum. Hence, literacy should have a central...

Educational practices -how children learn

The psychological principles described in this booklet summarize some of the important results of recent research on learning that is relevant for education. They attempt to integrate research coming from diverse areas of psychology, including educational, developmental, cognitive, social and clinical psychology....

Educational practices - academic and social emotional learning

This booklet is about the social-emotional skills students need for success in school and in life.  Social-emotional skills, or emotional intelligence, is the name given to the set of abilities that allows students to work with others, learn effectively, and serve essential roles in their families, communities and...

Educational practices - motivation to learn

This booklet is a synthesis of principles of motivation that have emerged from research into the effect of motivational practices on school learning. It addresses more traditional aspects, such as achievement motivation, intrinsic motivation and goal orientation, as well as the effect of teacher practices that...

Educational practices - effective pedagogy in social sciences

This booklet is a synthesis of the research on social sciences teaching that has been shown to have a positive effect on a range of desirable student outcomes: cognitive, skills, participatory and affective outcomes. It is also a tool to help teachers adapt and build upon these findings in their...

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