1st Edition

Practical Pedagogy 40 New Ways to Teach and Learn

By Mike Sharples Copyright 2019
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    Practical Pedagogy expands the universe of teaching and learning. It provides an accessible guide to new and emerging innovations in education, with insights into how to become more effective as a teacher and learner. New teachers will find a comprehensive introduction to innovative ways of teaching and learning. Experienced educators will be surprised by the range of useful pedagogies, such as translanguaging, crossover learning, teachback, bricolage and rhizomatic learning. Policy makers will gain evidence of how new teaching methods work in practice, with resources for curriculum design and course development.

    Drawing on material from the hugely influential Innovating Pedagogy series of reports, this book is a compilation of the 40 most relevant pedagogies, covering:

    • innovative ways to teach and learn;
    • how pedagogies are adopted in new ways for a digital age;
    • evidence on how and why different methods of teaching work, including case studies set in classrooms, informal settings, and online learning spaces;
    • practical implications of the latest research into the science of learning, combining psychology, education, social sciences and neuroscience.

    Organised around six themes – Personalization, Connectivity, Reflection, Extension, Embodiment and Scale – Practical Pedagogy is a comprehensive source for teachers, policy makers, educational researchers and anyone interested in new ways to teach and learn.

    1. Innovative pedagogy  Section 1. Personalization  2. Adaptive teaching  3. Spaced learning  4. Personal inquiry  5. Dynamic assessment  6. Stealth assessment  7. Translanguaging  Section 2. Connectivity  8. Crossover learning  9. Seamless learning  10. Incidental learning  11. Learning from gaming  12. Geo-learning  13. Learning through social media  14. Navigating knowledge  Section 3. Reflection  15. Explore first  16. Teachback  17. Learning through argumentation  18. Computational thinking  19. Learning from animations  20. Learning to learn  21. Assessment for learning  22. Formative analytics Section 4. Extension  23. Threshold concepts  24. Learning through storytelling  25. Learning through wonder  26. Learning in remote science labs  27. Context-based learning  28. Event-based learning  29. Learning for the future Section 5. Embodiment  30. Embodied learning  31. Immersive learning  32. Maker culture  33. Bricolage  34. Design thinking  Section 6. Scale  35. Massive open social learning  36. Crowd learning  37. Citizen inquiry  38. Rhizomatic learning  39. Reputation management  40. Open pedagogy  41. Humanistic knowledge-building communities  42. Pedagogies in practice


    Mike Sharples is Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. He is Honorary Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Centre for Innovation in Higher Education. His research involves pedagogy-informed design of new technologies and environments for learning. He is author of over 300 publications in pedagogy, science education, educational technology and the learning sciences.

    "It's remarkable to find such clear yet comprehensive writing about the future of teaching and learning. With this guide in hand, educators will be able to discover and explore a collection of powerful, research-based approaches like epistemic education, computational thinking, embodied learning, among many other recent innovations."

    Jeremy Roschelle, Executive Director, Learning Sciences at Digital Promise, California, USA


    "Practical Pedagogy is a timely and beautifully-crafted book that accurately describes what good pedagogy should be. Practical suggestions for teaching and learning link to theoretical perspectives, with evidence of impact on learners. It is essential reading for educators starting out on their career and also for experienced professionals in need of a gentle reminder of what is possible in modern day classrooms, schools and education systems."

    Ollie Bray, Principal at Kingussie High School, Scotland


    "This is a great book, born out of the great series of Innovating Pedagogy reports published by The Open University. It is a clearly written compendium of evidence-informed practical guidance about how to learn, teach and assess. This will be an invaluable tool in any teacher’s toolkit."

    Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab, London, England


    "Oftentimes, teachers and policy makers are enthusiastic and passionate to seek improvements and innovations in teaching and learning, but are not very well informed about what can work and how it works. Practical Pedagogy fills in this gap. Its lucid presentations  provide novel and valuable insights for education stakeholders to understand, improve and innovate with the latest developments of emerging pedagogies."

    Chee-Kit Looi, Professor of Education at National Institute of Education, Singapore


    "Practical Pedagogy can be read through from beginning to end, providing a comprehensive survey of the range of pedagogies that have been tried and researched. It can also be read by theme as a primer to the teaching strategies under that umbrella. Like so many education books, it also very much lends itself to "dipping into" for stimulating reflection and inspiration... it deserves a place on any leader’s bookshelf."

    Terry Freedman, Schools Week