Pedagogical approaches

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Pedagogy here encompasses the valued ways of working of those engaged in supporting learning - it includes structures and processes as well as knowledge, beliefs and values. For example, the way in which a school is organised with different learning spaces (e.g. classrooms), different groupings of young people (e.g. Year 6; 'ability' groups), the way the day is structured (e.g. 50 minute lessons) is part of pedagogy. So too are teachers' strategies and practices.

Whilst (summative) assessment and curriculum are separate from pedagogy, they are intimately linked.

Below is a list of different pedagogical approaches

  • Montessori
  • Regio Emilia
  • Steiner (Waldorf)
  • Forest/Bush schools
  • Problem based learning
  • Project based learning
  • Big Picture schools
  • Democratic education
  • The four Cs model