Identifying the professional knowledge base for multi-grade teaching

  • M.J. Taole
Keywords: Multi-grade teaching, types of teacher knowledge, quality education, curriculum mapping, routines, groupings, differentiation, planning

Abstract

Most countries have made significant progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education by setting up multi-grade schools in rural and remote areas. The new Sustainable Development Goal for education specifies Quality Education. This paper reports a small-scale qualitative study of teachers and teaching principals in multi-grade rural schools in Australia, focusing on identifying the professional knowledge base required for teachers in such contexts. Such a knowledge base is essential for improving the quality of multi-grade teaching. Interviews and observations revealed that multi-grade teachers need to develop the skills of learner grouping, organisation and routines, curriculum mapping, differentiating the curriculum, multi-level assessment, planning, and time management. Professional learning for multi-grade teachers will help them to implement increasingly effective methods for providing a quality education for the diverse range of learners in their classrooms.

Keywords: Multi-grade teaching, types of teacher knowledge, quality education, curriculum mapping, routines, groupings, differentiation, planning

Published
2018-01-30
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1596-9231