David Didau, writing on Learning Spy, raises an uncomfortable question: does learner engagement really matter? This extremely well researched article at the very least should prompt teachers to question some of their assumptions.
The main points are:
- A well functioning class in which learners are busy and engaged does not necessarily mean learning is going on.
- Learners tend to become engaged most with material they are already familiar with.
- In some case engagement may even hamper learning.
Read the full article here.