Direct Instruction (DI) is a model for teaching that emphasizes well-developed and carefully planned lessons designed around small learning increments and clearly defined and prescribed teaching tasks. It is based on the theory that clear instruction eliminating misinterpretations can greatly improve and accelerate learning (NFIDI, 2016).
Direct Instruction as a teaching technique is best known in Australia by it’s use in the Noel Pearson Academies in Cape York, Queensland. It has had been credited by Pearson as being the cornerstone of the schools’ successes in increasing attendance and improvements in literacy and numeracy in one of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia. Others, including indigenous educator Chris Sarra (head of the Stronger, Smarter Institute) and Allan Luke (Educational Researcher) agree that DI can be useful in improving students’ basic skills, but should be used as part of a suite of teaching tools.
Here are a few of Australian articles on Direct Instruction.
Direct Instruction and the Teaching of Reading (The Conversation, July 2014)
Direct Instruction is not a Solution for Australian Schools (Allan Luke, August 2014)
The Myths and Facts about Direct Instruction (Shaun Killian, July 2014)