This outstanding new teacher resource from bestselling author Peter Westwood explores a variety of learning processes, theories and concepts in order to help educators better understand and distinguish between the causes and outcomes of student learning problems.
Westwood aims to show that problems in learning are not all due to weaknesses within students or their lack of motivation. Many learning difficulties are created or exacerbated by environmental, not personal, influences. Factors that have an impact on a student’s learning environment can be readily modified or improved, whereas weaknesses or ‘deficits’ within students are not so easily changed.
Two of the most powerful influences in the learning environment are the school curriculum and approaches to teaching. Westwood argues that many learning problems can be prevented or minimised by matching teaching methods and lesson content to a learner’s current aptitude and prior experience.
Examines different types of learning across the curriculum and the most effective types of teaching to facilitate these types of learning
Provides practical suggestions for preventing or overcoming common learning difficulties
Identifies factors that contribute to common learning problems in school
Identifies weaknesses or ‘deficits’ of student learning as the possible outcome of learning failure, not the cause
Provides a sound balance of theory and practical strategies for teachers
Key themes include:
Maintaining students’ attention
The importance of explicit teaching and guided practice
The value of teaching effective task-approach strategies
The importance of addressing personal and emotional needs while working toward cognitive and academic goals