Encyclopedia of Science Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Modeling Teaching

  • Jolie Mayer-Smith
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_227-4



Modeling is the act of sharing through explicit demonstration a particular skill, practice, activity, or way of thinking. Modeling teaching involves showcasing teaching practice, as well as the reasoning that informs, and the language that explains that practice. Effective modeling has been shown to enhance learning-to-teach science in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary settings.

Modeling teaching is a highly flexible strategy that can illustrate how to plan lessons; how to design and implement diverse instructional strategies such as inquiry teaching, lecturing, hands-on laboratory sessions, and learning beyond the classroom (e.g., in field trips and other informal contexts); and how to assess student understanding before, during, and after instruction. Modeling can also be used to illustrate the application of theory in the practice of teaching and to encourage and assist preservice teachers in acquiring skills in reflective practice...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and PedagogyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada