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Applying empirical learning progressions for a holistic approach to evidence-based education: SWANS/ABLES

Emily White

Research Conference 2021: Excellent progress for every student: Proceedings and Program | Australian Council for Educational Research | Published : 2021


Learning progressions have become an increasing topic of interest for researchers, educational organisations and schools as they can describe the expected pathway of learning within a content area to allow for targeted teaching and learning at all levels of ability. However, there is substantial variation in how learning progressions are developed and to what extent teachers can use them to inform their practices. The ABLES/SWANS tools (Students with Additional Needs/Abilities Based Learning and Education Support) are an example of how an empirical learning progression can be applied to support teachers’ ability to not only target teaching to a student’s zone of proximal development (Vygotsk..

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