3 tried and tested evidence based practices to integrate into your school strategy

Feb 18
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With evidence informed practice being so critical to ongoing improvements in student achievement, there is a great deal of information available to schools on the latest evidence based strategies. The Evidence for Learning team, after extensive research have ranked many strategies with a few key ones coming out on top in terms of cost, evidence security and impact on student learning.

1. Feedback

Feedback is already widely used in teaching and learning across Australia and evidence indicates a strong and generally positive impact on learning, student ability to give peer feedback and academic outlines in primary school. Verbal and written feedback both have positive impacts as well as feedback through tests and through digital technology and can be delivered by teachers, mentors or even peers.

It is a low cost strategy, with a considerable high impact on student learning.

2. Metacognition and self regulation

Metacognition have had consistently high levels of impact on student learning, with studies demonstrating particular effectiveness for low achieving and older students. This approach helps students to think more about their learning and helps them manage their own motivation towards learning.

Leverage this strategy in collaborative groups so students can support and learn from each other and make their thinking clear to each other through discussion.

3. Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning has had a consistently positive impact on student learning but must go beyond just getting students to sit and work together. Structured approaches with clear tasks will have the most impact, especially in groups small enough for all students to participate.

Collaborative learning can happen in a joint task with group members doing different aspects, with group members working all together on one task or even with groups and teams competing against each other.

Read more about these strategies in the Evidence for Learning Toolkit

While there is considerable evidence to back these strategies, they can have different effects on different students, in different classrooms and in different schools. Therefore it is very important to understand the benefits and limitations of these strategies as well as how they can be best tailored to your specific school context.

Learn how you can better collect, analyse and use student data to tailor evidence based strategies in your school at the Evidence Based Teaching in Schools Conference running on the 15th & 16th August in Sydney.

Submitted by Katherine Kingsle

Katherine Kingsle

Katherine is a Conference Producer at Criterion. She is a global citizen, having lived in India, New Zealand and the United States, and she currently resides in Sydney, Australia. She has an interest in politics, film and art, and is an avid reader of trashy mystery novels.

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