Sarah Simons

Evidence-based practice is a great idea in theory…

…but we must acknowledge the barriers to applying research in the classroom

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Every few years, the educational establishment trains its focus on a new pedagogical way of life. The trend’s evangelists are usually then met with a noisy choir shouting about why this latest approach is without merit.

Ironically, the most recent obsession is one that provides the very foundation of pedagogical arguments: namely, evidence. How do you know that the learning theories you use to underpin your teaching actually work? Is there valid research to prove that they do?

As teachers, we should be in a continuous cycle of reflection and iteration to improve practice. Many do this ...

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