Nice blog. Excellent summary.
Combining precise example sequences, high-pace questioning, continuous instant feedback, extended practice drills, and rapid corrections of misconceptions, direct instruction is one of the most effective teaching methods.
Citing an individual study to prove that Direct Instruction isn’t effective
is like citing a rainstorm to prove that the Sahara isn’t a desert.
There is a vast range of empirical, scientific and statistical evidence that shows Direct Instruction works.
Project Follow Through was the largest controlled comparative study of pedagogical techniques in history: from 1967 – 1995, over 700,000 children in 170 disadvantaged communities across the United States participated in this $1 billion study to discover the best practices for teaching disadvantaged students. This was the result:
‘Eighteen school districts, some rural, some urban, applied Direct Instruction (DI). When the testing was over, students in DI classrooms had placed first in reading, first in maths, first in spelling, and first in…
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