Evidence-based teaching

Evidence-based teaching explained

Teaching is much more than information transmission and behaviour management. Excellent teachers focus on an individual student's learning growth, and evidence-based teaching enables them to do this by:

  • Monitoring and evaluating their impact on learning and adapting the lesson to meet the needs of each student – rather than expecting the student to keep up regardless of their circumstances.
  • Using evidence about what each student knows and understands at the start of the teaching period to inform their teaching interventions.
  • Targeting their assessment and teaching practices to maximise the information obtained about their impact and optimise the chances of improving student learning.
  • Constructing appropriate teaching and learning environments for every student, whatever their developmental stage and current abilities.
  • Continuously evaluating the impact of their teaching, to inform next steps.

Studying evidence-based teaching

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education offers various modes of evidence-based teaching integrated within our current degree structures:

Researching evidence-based teaching

Research is constantly informing our understanding of evidence-based teaching. Some of our major research projects and publications include: