National Center for Educational Research, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning


This article describes itself as a ‘practical guide’ and it is precisely that.  It provides:

(1)  A set of recommendations for teachers wanting to help their students study as effectively as possible.  Most of these also pop up in Pomerace, Dunlovsy and Rosenshine e.g. spaced learning and asking probing questions but there is also a section on helping students to use their own time effectively which I felt said something distinctive.

(2)  An assessment of the strength of the evidence for each technique.  The positive evidence for each technique is rated as either low, moderate or strong.  A low rating should not be misunderstood as indicating that a technique can be discounted.  What it means is that the expert who devised or advised this technique did so on the basis of work in a related area, as opposed to direct educational research.  A rating of strong, on the other…

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