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key points in the lesson and with opportunities for independent practice.
Independent practice is when students practice what they have learned on their
own, as in the case of homework or a test. Here is how Stan Pierce uses
homework when he uses direct instruction with his high school geometry class.
• ‘I I like to work a few problems together with the class. I allow them to ask questions to make sure they understand. I then assign some
problems for homework. I use the homework to introduce the next lesson.
We review the homework and talk about how it relates to today’s lesson.
Effectiveness of Direct Instruction
Critics of direct instruction have suggested that teacher-directed and
controlled instruction is antithetical to current research in learning that suggests a
more student-centered view of instruction. Direct instruction has also been
described as a method that promotes learner passivity, that emphasizes part-towhole learning rather than integration, and that fails to capitalize on learners’
intrinsic motivation (Weinert & Helmke, 1995). 37 However, a large number of classro...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08