Content teaching: innovative and traditional practices

Orna Heaysman, Dorit Tubin

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Innovative teaching is sometimes perceived as opposite of traditional teaching, since it is regarded as student-centred and takes on the form of guided construction. This distinguishing feature led to an expectation that traditional teaching practices will be replaced with innovative ones for the purpose of fostering learning. The goal of the present research is to examine this issue by taking a closer look at teaching practices within an innovative learning environment, and their implications for teachers and teacher educators. Our qualitative research was conducted in a secondary school which has implemented such a learning environment. The data analysis is based on sociolinguistic discourse analysis. The findings reveal a variety of teaching practices, which allows teachers to choose the most suitable one for a particular learning requirement. We conclude in proposing to adopt a more complex approach to teaching, and to relinquish the dichotomy between traditional and innovative teaching practices. Theoretical and practical implications of this proposal are presented in the discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-356
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 4 May 2019


  • Classroom discourse
  • PBL
  • dialogic teaching
  • innovative learning environment
  • teaching practices

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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