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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #422
CANCELED: Direct Instruction: Challenges and Future Directions
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Regency Ballroom C, Hyatt Regency, Gold West
Area: EDC/TPC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Nancy Marchand-Martella (Eastern Washington University)
RONALD C. MARTELLA (Eastern Washington University)
ZUILMA GABRIELA SIGURDARDOTTIR (University of Iceland)
NANCY MARCHAND-MARTELLA (Eastern Washington University)
Abstract: This presentation will include three aspects related to Direct Instruction (DI). First, participants will learn about areas of resistance when trying to implement DI programs as discussed by McMullen and Madelaine (2014) and the work of Marchand-Martella and Martella (panel authors). These challenges will be presented along with ideas of how to over come these challenges based on the scientific evidence and the authors' experiences over 30 years. Challenges include (a) not being suitable for all children, (b) just rote learning and only appropriate for teaching basic skills, (c) too teacher directive and encourages students to be passive learners, (d) stifles teacher creativity, (e) relegates teachers to technicians, (e) is not well liked by students, and (f) is not the best way to teach--there are better ways. Second, participants will learn about new DI programs that are being developed (or have been developed) to help address the growing number of students who struggle academically. Finally, this presentation will cover importing DI into other countries--specifically, one panel member (Sigurdardottir) will discuss getting DI into Icelandic classrooms.
 

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