Instructional methods

Applications of Best Practices: A Syllabus for Tutors of Independent Studies (I.S.) at Frontier College – Part 1 (2003)

Independent Studies (IS) at Frontier College operates adult learning programs, aimed primarily at people with disabilities. This document offers an outline of the main points of the IS course of study.

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2014-04-29

Examining the personal side of change within a collaborative inquiry group: Adopting Problem-Based Learning in primary/elementary science education (2008)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 2, No. 1, Article 3, 2008

This paper describes the experiences of a university researcher and five teachers from a school district in Newfoundland and Labrador as they planned and implemented a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) science curriculum. In PBL, the teacher acts as a facilitator as students, working individually or in small groups, find workable solutions to problems.

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2014-04-14

Promoting Skills for Innovation in Higher Education: A Literature Review on the Effectiveness of Problem-based Learning and of Teaching Behaviours (2014)

OECD Working Paper No. 100

This document is housed on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) server.

This report examines the current evidence on the effectiveness of problem-based learning, compared with more traditional approaches in higher education teaching, and explores the extent to which problem-based learning can be an effective way to develop both discipline-specific and transferable skills for innovation.

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2014-02-19

Problem-centered learning vs. teaching-centered learning in science at the secondary level: an analysis of the dynamics of doubt (2010)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 3, Article 5, 2010

This paper describes a research project undertaken to compare how doubt evolves while learning about electricity in two different learning contexts. In the problem-centred context, students learn about a subject through the experience of solving problems, while in the teaching-centred context, students listen while the teacher talks.

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2014-01-24

A provincial perspective on differentiated instruction: The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) (2010)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 3, Article 4, 2010

High-diversity classrooms have become one of the defining features of Alberta’s schools as the province welcomes increasing numbers of children from other countries, traditions, languages and cultures. As well, students show a great deal of variance in cognitive, affective, physical, and communicative development.

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2014-01-15

Is technology changing the meaning of literacy, and if so, then how is it changing teaching and learning in adult literacy programs? (2013)

Digital technology is becoming ever more prevalent in society. For adult literacy practitioners, the challenge is to find ways to integrate digital literacy skills with the more traditional teaching approaches, says the author of this paper.

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2013-12-03

Combining the Views of Both Worlds in Inuktitut: piqusiit tamainik katisugit - Place-based Science Education in Qikiqtani (2010)

This document describes several phases of a five-year project aimed at developing science education in the Canadian territory of Nunuvut. The project focused on understanding the school community’s goals for science education, and both the potential contributors and impediments to realizing those goals.

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2013-07-15

Promising practices in primary mathematics instruction (2009)

Lessons in Learning – June 10, 2009

Despite Canada’s strong performance on international assessments of mathematical skill among 15-year-olds, many Canadian students have weak math skills and struggle in their math classes. It has been suggested that classroom strategies fostering exploration and discovery, and guiding students to construct their own learning and knowledge, can be effective in ensuring that all students acquire strong mathematical skills.

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2012-04-03

Effective Teaching Techniques and Tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adult Immigrants in ASL and English Bilingual and Bicultural College Programs (2009)

Phase Two

This is the second phase of a project aimed at improving best practices for helping immigrant deaf and hard of hearing adults in bilingual and bicultural (American Sign Language and English) literacy programs. The first phase of the project identified effective teaching approaches and tools and in the second phase, the teacher as researcher and the learners piloted them.

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2010-12-03

Small Talk: A Resource Guide for Small Groups in Community Literacy Agencies (2000)

While many community literacy organizations are based on one-to-one tutoring, some also offer training for small groups of learners. An organization might use the group approach because of a shortage of volunteers or because some learners progress faster in a group.

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2010-08-27

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