What is evidence-based teaching?

What is evidence-based teaching?

Welcome to the world of evidence!

Evidence-based teaching is effective teaching. Just as other professions (like medicine and law) use research to inform best practice, we can base our teaching practices on robust evidence so that we’re using the best methods for our students.

How do you know what research to look at?

We’ve focused on educational attainment research. You need to be careful when you look for research, since we’re naturally drawn to research that matches our own point of view. It’s more objective to have a system to find and analyse research, and that’s exactly what researchers do with something called a meta-study.

What's a meta-study?

It’s a review of the research available that gives a big picture overview. They’re also know as systematic research reviews or meta-analyses. The research team selects hundreds of studies using specific criteria and looks for patterns and themes.

What evidence is used on this site?

All the info on this site is based on robust research. There are over 900 meta-studies just in the field of educational attainment. We’ve focused on three major compilations of meta-studies into classroom experiments, and two from the cognitive sciences. The two areas complement each other nicely: the former tells us what works, and the latter tells us why.
A diagram showing how evidence from classroom experiments and from the cognitive sciences feed in to evidence based teaching
A diagram showing how evidence from classroom experiments and from the cognitive sciences feed in to evidence based teachingA diagram showing how evidence from classroom experiments and from the cognitive sciences feed in to evidence based teaching

We do the hard work for you!

Here at EBTN we sift through the research for you to bring you practical recommendations based on evidence that you can apply in your classroom. Our methods and recommendations are effective for pretty much all ages, genders, and cultures (with minor exceptions). Read on to find out more!
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