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The Power of Strategy Instruction

March 15, 2007

NICHCY's Evidence for Education looks at the research foundations for strategy instruction and some of the most well-known approaches to teaching strategies
 
Strategy Instruction is a powerful student-centered approach to teaching that is backed by years of quality research. In fact, strategic approaches to learning new concepts and skills are often what separate good learners from poor ones. Considering that many students with disabilities struggle with developing strategies for learning and remembering on their own, a parent or teacher skilled in introducing this process can make a world of difference.

Strategy instruction supplies students with the same tools and techniques that efficient learners use to understand and learn new material or skills. With continued guidance and ample opportunities for practice, students learn to integrate new information with what they already know, in a way that makes sense--making it easier for them to recall the information or skill at a later time, even in a different situation or setting.

Not only does an impressive body of research exist with respect to strategy instruction, but that library of knowledge is also extremely broad and has direct and immediate application to practice in almost every area of the educational curriculum.
 
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities has just released its first edition of Evidence for Education, which looks exclusively at the research foundations for strategy instruction and some of the most well-known approaches to teaching strategies. Download your copy at:
http://research.nichcy.org/strategy_instruction1.asp

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