Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments

The Importance of Innovative Pedagogies

Pedagogy is at the heart of teaching and learning. Preparing young people to become lifelong learners with a deep knowledge of subject matter and a broad set of social skills requires a better understanding of how pedagogy influences learning. Focusing on pedagogies shifts the perception of teachers from technicians who strive to attain the education goals set by the curriculum to experts in the art and science of teaching. Seen through this lens, innovation in teaching becomes a problem-solving process rooted in teachers’ professionalism, rather than an add-on applied by only some teachers in some schools. Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments: The Importance of Innovative Pedagogies provides a snapshot of innovative pedagogies used in classrooms around the world. It sets the stage for educators and policy makers to innovate teaching by looking at what is currently taking place in schools as potential seeds for change. At the heart of all of these approaches is a sensitivity to the natural inclinations of learners towards play, creativity, collaboration and inquiry. To illustrate how teachers use these innovative practices, the publication presents examples from 27 national and international networks of schools. It is now generally acknowledged that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. This volume goes a step further to argue that a teacher cannot help students meet new educational challenges by continuing to draw on a limited and perhaps even inherited set of pedagogies. And here lies the genuine importance of innovative pedagogies.

Published on April 09, 2018

In series:Educational Research and Innovationview more titles


Executive Summary
The importance of innovative pedagogies3 chapters available
The importance of innovating pedagogy: Overview and key messages
The complex interaction of teaching and learning: Understanding innovative pedagogies
Building the C's framework: Insights and reflections
A compilation of innovative pedagogical approaches7 chapters available
Six clusters of innovative pedagogies
Blended learning
Computational thinking
Experiential learning
Embodied learning
Multiliteracies and discussion-based teaching
The networks of innovative schools3 chapters available
The Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning networks
Approaches to innovative pedagogy, teaching and learning
Professional demands and professional learning – the role of the networks
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