Purposes of Explanations

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Explaining why we explain - Thinking about how explanations are used in the classroom

About. The resource comprises one 3 page DfES document (drawn from a larger document - see related resources). It explores some types of 'explanation' - lesson purpose/objectives, processes/procedures/skills (how), cause and effect (why), relationships (effect over time), concepts. It finishes with an activity for teachers to consider exploring the types of explanation they have used in their KS3/4 and Post-16 lessons.

Pedagogical content. This resource focuses on 'explanation' in relation to learning objectives(ta), concept and process learning, and engaging higher order(ta) reasoning(ta) skills. (edit)

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Title Understanding the Purposes of Explanations
Topic CPD
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

By the end of the document you should have considered some of the things you have explained, how, and why, and how this might relate to your classroom practices.

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