What is the contextual significance of Direct Instruction in the field of education?    

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Contextual significance implies the importance of context in determining the meaning of a word or phrase.  Direct Instruction refers to the methodology of giving students information directly, usually through lecture, notes, or reading.  Direct Instruction has been the mainstay of education for years, but in the last decade, direct instruction has diminished in importance in the field of teaching.  After many studies and the development of multiple various higher-level thinking skills hierarchies, many educators have slowly began to turn away from a direct instruction platform to more project-based or inquiry-based instruction, because those styles of instruction encourage higher level thinking than direct instruction.  Certainly, direct instruction still has its place in the classroom, particularly in higher levels of education like colleges and universities.

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