ERIC Number: EJ908754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Taking Active Learning into the Primary School: A Matter of New Practices?
Stephen, Christine; Ellis, Jennifer; Martlew, Joan
International Journal of Early Years Education, v18 n4 p315-329 Dec 2010
This paper examines the extension of active learning pedagogical practices familiar in preschool settings to the first class of primary school. Policy and practice guidance in the UK is advocating the benefits of experiential learning as a way of engaging young children as they move into primary school but for teachers this means a move to new practices which can be in tension with other expectations. In this paper, the rationale for active learning is considered along with an account of the classroom activities of teachers and children in five primary schools that were implementing the policy shift to active learning. The children in these classes spent varying amounts of time in whole class activities led by the teacher or in small groups directed to engage with specific activities. They had opportunities to engage and respond verbally, through manipulating objects and with physical actions but the emphasis was on planned, teacher-directed learning activities. The characteristics of active learning as introduced in these innovative classes are compared with the expectations of practice guidance and theorising about early learning.
Descriptors: Class Activities, Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Curriculum Implementation, Foreign Countries, Classroom Observation Techniques, Learner Engagement, Classroom Environment, Educational Resources, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom