Why consider contemporary learning and teaching?

Contemporary learning and teaching reflects the evidence-informed ways that teachers enhance the learning and wellbeing of their students.

Recent years have seen rapid changes to the nature of work and society, with far-reaching and global implications for our students. The skills, capabilities, and characteristics that will enable them to thrive in their futures are very different from indicators of success from the past.

Drivers of educational change

There are several key change trends emerging in the world beyond schools that indicate the need for teachers to tailor their practice to ensure learners are prepared for future success:
  • The world of work – learners will need to be able to thrive in the face of change trends such as automation, insecure work, and less predictable career paths that will continue to impact future jobs.
  • The need for new skills and capabilities – learners will need to be resilient and adaptable. Future jobs will require advanced skills, creativity, presentation, and teamwork and will entail significantly more time spent on critical thinking and judgment, science and mathematics skills, as well as communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The need for global connections – learners will benefit if teachers and school leaders learn and apply appropriate and effective practices from other educational systems from around the world and apply appropriate evidence-based practices from others.
More information on these can be explored in SLEC’s literature review on the drivers of educational change. Download the literature review below.

Download the SLEC literature review on the drivers of educational change

Contemporary learning and teaching can enhance a range of student learning outcomes

When teachers use contemporary practice, learners can be more engaged in their education and feel a stronger sense of belonging. They can learn how to think critically and creatively, which sets them up to become successful lifelong learners. They can also develop a stronger sense of agency when they become confident engaging in student-centred learning.

Evidence for the connection between contemporary teaching and enhanced student learning experiences is explored in the professional learning resources linked below.

The role of teachers and schools

Teachers have opportunities to develop more contemporary teaching practices and build school communities that nurture future-facing learners.

Contemporary learning and teaching practice is:

  • culturally-inclusive;
  • connected to the world outside the classroom;
  • evidence-informed;
  • student-centred; and
  • applied.

Contemporary learning and teaching in your school

The path to developing more contemporary learning and teaching practices is shaped by context and looks different in every school. SLEC's professional learning resource pack helps schools develop their own case for educational change. Download the resource pack below to lead these workshops with your teaching teams.

Any questions or need for support, contact SLEC at slec@det.nsw.edu.au.

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