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Pastoral Pedagogy: A Great Composition Comprising the Song, the Singer, and the Singing.

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A great deal of the variance in student achievement, motivation, and engagement is explained at the student level. This poses a challenge to educators who typically educate at a group level. This article proposes "pastoral pedagogy" as a key means by which educators can facilitate an individual student's personal connection to teaching and learning in the group setting. The more an individual student can personally connect to the teaching and learning, the more motivated and engaged he or she is proposed to be. Pastoral pedagogy is comprised of three key dimensions: the substantive dimension (relating to the subject matter taught and assessed), the interpersonal dimension (relating to the teacher him or herself), and the pedagogical dimension (relating to the teaching practice). When the student is personally connected to all three dimensions, it is proposed he or she is in the strongest position to engage with the teaching and learning taking place. Hence, a great lesson is something like a great musical composition, comprising the song, the singer, and the singing. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)

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Author:Martin, Andrew J.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 30, 2005
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