Making Sense of Teaching: From Mystery to Heuristics

  • Dennis SaleEmail author
Part of the Cognitive Science and Technology book series (CSAT)


This introductory chapter frames the context for establishing an evidence-based pedagogic framework for developing Creative Teachers and Self-Directed Learners. Self-directed learning is now considered an educational priority for students who will need new skills and attributes to successfully navigate the challenges and uncertainties of today’s rapidly changing technological society. Equally, teachers will need heightened expertise, most notably in pedagogy and technology related skills, as many teaching roles will be challenged in an educational landscape where expectations of value are rising, but financial resources are decreasing. The chapter summarizes both the reasons why teaching has lacked the evidence-based approaches to practice that are the norm in other professions such as medicine and engineering and how it is now, from extensive research in the cognitive sciences and on what teaching methods work best, in a learning revolution.


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  1. 1.Singapore PolytechnicSingaporeSingapore

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