Methods of Instruction
While most of our public schools are based on the theory of "constructivism" (discovery learning) the bulk of scientific research shows that it is inferior to instructivism."The Fundamental Problem in Education" Summary of the instructivist vs. constructivist approach to teaching by Martin Kozloff
"Why Traditional Education is More Progressive" By E.D. Hirsch "Romancing the Child" By E.D. Hirsch An article about the failure of progressivism
Learning the Basics Nice summary critiquing child centered learning, from a Canadian school reform group Best Practice Beware of claims of "Best Practice"! This is adapted from the book "Best Practice New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools" by Steven Zemelman, Harvey Daniels, and Marilyn Bizar. This book is constantly referred to as the basis for many educational practices. But the recommendations are entirely unsupported by mainstream, rigorous, scientific research!!
Curricular and Instructional Patterns in Regular Classrooms Describes variety of methods of instruction, and compares Direct Instruction to child centered learning
"California Teacher Training Bias Puts Politically Correct Methods Over Proven Methodology, Study Finds"
Catalog of School Reform Models Provides a synopsis of each of the many reform models
Core Knowledge The challenging Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia
"Developmentalism: An Obscure but Pervasive Restriction on Educational Improvement" By J. E. Stone
Teaching and Learning Theories From EdInformatics, links to Constructivism vs. Instructivism
Student-Centered Learning and Learner-Centered Design: Selected Web Resources
"Instruction: The Tyranny of Dogma" "Facing the Classroom Challenge" Comprehensive discussion of instructional practices Martin Kozloff articles Kozloff is an expert on pedagogy and has numerous articles about methods of instruction Aligning Teacher Training with Public Policy An article that reveals the underlying problem to be indoctrination of future teachers by education professors in "theories" and "beliefs" that have no basis in reality. Also exposes "Best Practice" as no more than an ideology. The Classical Academy Thanks to the charter school movement, there is a resurgence of interest in classical education. The Classical Academy is a school in Colorado Springs that uses the classical approach to education. This site has a good description of the Classical method.
Exploration in Science Learning Recent psychological research calls
"discovery learning" into question