Why Teacher Led Instruction Really Works

Conference: The IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2022)
Title: Why Teacher Led Instruction Really Works
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Nicole Shammas, Higher Colleges of Technology - Dubai Women's Campus, United Arab Emirates


Since the 1980s the notion of traditional teacher led lecturing has been largely dismissed in favour of a more student-centered, collaborative, problem solving type pedagogy. This practice is captured in the terms: the guide on the side vs the sage on the stage methodology (King, 1983) . Certainly, the student-centered approach is an effective practice which is supported by empirical evidence. However, this pedagogical division between a teacher centered and student centered type approach to teaching has led those in education to believe that direct instruction, i.e. teacher-centered lecture style, is an inferior approach, and therefore should be minimized. Drawing on research, this presentation argues that there is a place in education for the ‘sage on the stage’ and that we should consider revisiting this approach at times, in order to maximize student learning.

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