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Introduction

Why don’t we know what effective teaching looks like?
WithRuth Powley

Drawing extensively from a wide range of educational writers and research, the introduction outlines four reasons for confusion over what constitutes effective teaching and pedagogy in recent years, and describes and critiques the more recent move to evidence and research-based teaching. It provides a useful overview for anyone wanting a context for developments in teaching and learning over the past 20 years, and a context for our current understanding of effective teaching.