Scaffolding Independent Learning

Encouraging independent learning is, rightly, one of the mantras of progressive teaching and learning. But precious little thought has been given to how this can be supported by teachers, particularly to children used to being spoon fed by teachers rushing them through the syllabus. A key requirement is being very clear and realistic about the information gathering journey that the children are embarking upon. Andrew Shenton and Wendy Beautyman suggest a planning framework.
Pupils help each other

When planning an activity for pupils involving finding and using information, how much thought do teachers typically give to the material they intend the learners to consult and to the context in which it will be used? The key considerations that frequently come to the fore at once are those of the subject of the information and the purpose to which it will be put. Related issues, whilst significant, are often left sidelined, perhaps because for a lot of teachers the research aspect forms only one element of the overall work. 

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