Tools for Direct Learning Methods

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Tools for Direct Learning Methods

Direct instruction is positioned at the teacher-centered end of the teacher-centered to student-centered instruction continuum (Table 3). As with all instructional styles, there are many options for specific teaching/learning activities.
Table 3. Learning Methods and Styles.
TypeDefinitionSpecifics and ExamplesContinuum
ExpositoryTraditional lecture addressing a single topic, question, or problem.Addresses broad concepts and facts. Presentation most often in a hierarchy. Often inclusive of major and minor points. Instructor-Centered
InteractiveOrderly brainstorming in response to a question of inquiry.Orderly sorting of responses into categories by the instructor and students. Inclusive of examples, specifics, exceptions, etc.
Problem SolvingInstructor-led instruction with posing a question or similar statement.Students actively or passively anticipating or directing possible solutions.
Case StudyPresentation of a realistic situation demonstrating a general principle or strategy.May be instructor- or student-led discussion to generate the presented principle or strategy.
Short LecturesShort topics that generate discussion periods shifting energy from instructor to student.Short lecture sets the scenario for the topic or issue. Discussion commences. Summary lecture consolidates ideas, solutions, and themes generated during discussion. Student-Centered