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Teaching and learning theory
The theories behind teaching and learning, and other useful CPD sites for teachers of literacy, numeracy, ESOL and Functional Skills. For specific Maths or English teaching CPD see our Level 5 Additional Diploma links.
The National Numeracy site has a great ’essentials of numeracy’ diagram which encapsulates the essential components in understanding numbers, the number system and the ways that numbers can be combined and used – to help learners decide on their own personal starting point and pathway to develop key skills in numeracy.
This is one of many Harvard maths online references that I used in the Level 5 Maths ADTLLS, Meeting a learner’s needs / case study assignment (Part of Module 1: Approaches to Mathematics learning and teaching).
Communities of practice is site run and written by Etienne Wenger (of Lave and Wenger fame!), a leading expert on communities of practice. Try this excellent quick starter diagram (PDF) to get your head round his theories and apply it to your teaching rationales, reflective diary, etc.
Maths4Life is now archived as part of the NRDC site. Loads of ideas for teaching and learning numeracy – along with related constructivist / connectivist theory. It’s also a fantastic source of printable resources and card based games – I keep the big yellow folder under my desk and refer to it often.
Don Clark’s (aka as Big Dog) pages are stuffed full of training, learning and leadership advice, including excellent sections on learning styles (VAK, Briggs, Gardner, Honey & Mumford, etc.). These are discussed both individually and as whole and are prefaced by a very sensible warning about the current thinking on learning styles.
An amazing site run by Jim Crawley, head of Lifelong Learning at Bath Spa University. Full of information, links to background theory on adult learning and learning styles, and all the latest news, theories and controversies in adult education.
A a wonderful trio of sites (teaching, learning, reflection) from retired academic, James Atherton. The contents page of the learning section looks like a mind map showing the relationship between different teaching and learning theories. Too much to describe – just go and take a look!
Editor's note (Sept 2018)
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