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ERIC Number: EJ918850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 0
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
The Hard Work of Learning and the Challenges of "Good" Teaching
Davis, Brent; Sumara, Dennis
Education Canada, v50 n4 Fall 2010
Everyone knows what "good" teaching is. Or do they? Although the definition of a good teacher has evolved over time, teachers have consistently been seen as responsible for effecting change. According to the current value-added model, effective teaching is not framed in terms of the specific actions of the teacher, but in terms of students' progress relative to where they began. But emergent research teaching suggests that good teaching isn't at all about changing students; it's about challenging them. That's a game changer that should prod us to rethink and redefine what teaching is all about. Teaching that focuses on challenging learners is organized around the much more demanding tasks of setting situations that allow students to negotiate the level of difficulty, of trusting they will choose the tougher route when they are able, of really listening to where they're coming from and what they know. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
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Language: English
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