Researching and extending developments in contemporary educational practice

Lock, Jennifer and Redmond, Petrea and Danaher, Patrick (2015) Researching and extending developments in contemporary educational practice. In: Educational developments, practices and effectiveness: global perspectives and contexts. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Hampshire, United Kingdom, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1-137-46992-2

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The field of contemporary education abounds with multiple practices designed to enhance the effectiveness of teaching approaches and to maximise students’ learning outcomes. Yet we still know relatively little about what works in terms of teaching and learning in different educational contexts. In particular, if we are to advocate the wider application of particular kinds of educational developments, we need to conduct and evaluate research about the foundations of those developments and the factors that promote and/or inhibit their success.

This chapter distils some key findings from current scholarship about educational developments and how they are practised in varied professional contexts. The analysis of these findings is informed by a number of conceptual frameworks gleaned from contemporary research into the elements of effective educational strategies in specific teaching and learning domains. Key concepts from these frameworks are in turn used to identify the central questions about educational developments and practices addressed by the authors of the subsequent chapters in this book. More broadly, this chapter contributes to continuing debates about both the pre-requisites and the effects of effective teaching and learning approaches and strategies in widely varying educational contexts.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Electronic version of book available via USQ catalogue. Submitted Version deposited, in accordance with the copyright policy of the Publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 00:39
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational developments, innovation, education, teaching and learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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