How to get your pupils thinking like experts
Observation is the most reliable method of learning, says Beth Budden – and ‘cognitive apprenticeships’ tap into this by modelling to children the thinking processes that experts use in different subject areas
An apprenticeship isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think about a busy classroom – it’s quite a jump away from the stereotypical (and now outdated) view of apprenticeships being undertaken in the dusty work spaces of master craftsmen.
However, an apprenticeship is actually an ancient teaching methodology that may have much to offer in the modern classroom in the form of what researchers describe as a “cognitive apprenticeship”.
What, exactly, is one of those? We sat down with primary school senior leader Beth Budden to find out.