Category Archives: Effective educational practice

Intro Part 2: Evidence-based Practice & Practice-based evidence

Within education there are two broadly competing educational philosophies—traditional and progressive (Snider, 2006). Traditional education emphasises the need for students to progress through the curriculum in specific steps for each curriculum area, by achieving mastery of each preceding step, before progression on to the next; whilst, in contrast, progressive education promotes methods that are intended to foster children’s innate interest in learning; although this latter type of education relies on children progressing only as rapidly as they would learn on their own without any direct intervention (Fredrick, Deltz, Bryceland, & Hummel, 2002).

In order to develop and provide effective educational practices it is essential that education follow evidenced-based practice and practice-based evidence approaches. The former refers to the use of well-controlled scientific research in determining what has been shown to work. The latter refers to methods of monitoring practice that clearly demonstrates that practice is having the desired effects that were expected from the research evidence (i.e., in the case of education, is effective educational practice). Continue reading Intro Part 2: Evidence-based Practice & Practice-based evidence



SCIENCE OF TEACHING offers a comprehensive guide for teachers, educators, and anyone else interested in human behavior on how learning occurs at a biological and environmental level. What shapes our behavior? How do our behaviors become reinforced? What are some useful techniques to help shape human behavior towards acquiring new skills and behaviours? How do we measure human behavior and what is the science behind teaching and learning? These are all questions which are addressed within this film. The film covers many sections ranging from the biological basis of learning, tools for educators, precision teaching and technology in the classroom.

The different types of charters

The different types of charters.


Chartlytics  launched their beta in mid October.  Since then, they have seen many different types of organizations using their easy-to-use and beautiful performance improvement software – Chartlytics.

In today’s blog post, they examine the workflow needs for the majority of their users.  They also discuss what they’re doing to address the specific needs of their users. The list below represents most of the organisation types they have identified above and beyond personal accounts.  They have found that most of their users fall into the following groups.

  1. Small behavioral therapy or tutoring centers – “A Center”
  2. Small, single class schools – “A Classroom”
  3. Multi-class schools – “A School”
  4. A multi-school district – “A School District”
  5. A University class setting to teach the chart – “Academic”
  6. A consulting practice – “A Practice”  (Not to be confused with practicing!)