The Power of Explicit Teaching and Direct Instruction
- Greg Ashman - Teacher and education blogger, Australia
Education | Preservice Training for High School | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles
Direct instruction and explicit teaching can offer you a shorter, straighter route to developing effective learning in your classroom.
In this smart and accessible book, Greg Ashman explores how you can harness the potential of these often misunderstood and misapplied teaching methods to achieve positive learning outcomes for the students you teach.
It investigates key foundational principles, combined with thoughtful commentary on what these mean in classroom practice and an examination of relevant research and theories from cognitive psychology that substantiate these approaches to teaching and learning.
This book includes many positive characteristics but some key claims rest on weak scholarship and are unfounded. Primarily this relates to the promotion of direct instruction (explicit instruction) as if the evidence base was robust and conclusive, which it is not. Also, the book is flawed because it promotes direct instruction as if that is all a teacher needs in their repertoire of approaches.