Modelling pedagogy in Australian school reform

Year: 2004

Author: Ladwig, James

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

By now it would be common educational knowledge in Australia that models of pedagogy have become something of the flavour of the month. It might also be relatively well known that one of the significant contributions to the now ubiquitous interest in pedagogy, at least north of the Murray, what the model of pedagogy developed by the Queensland School reform Longitudinal Study (hereafter QSRLS), known as Productive Pedagogy. Others may well know that the department of school education in Queensland, Education Queensland, adopted Productive Pedagogy into their teacher professional development repertoire soon after the first annual report of the QSRLS, before its inclusion in the well known New Basics Framework. With the recent reporting of the research and evaluation of the New Basics, it is time, perhaps, to more fully document the research rationale and analysis which led to the formulation of Productive Pedagogy.

This analysis seeks to provide an account of two things. First, it will provide a brief account of the theoretical and policy interest in the development of the Productive Pedagogy model. As the QSRLS was a project funded by Education Queensland, it was designed to serve both research and policy interests. It is important to document how these differing agenda interacted, as there are some important lessons to be learned from the experience of the QSRLS that have not yet been discussed openly. Second, this analysis will offer a first cut at the analysis leading to the formulation of Productive Pedagogy. Since several authors have already made public claims about the construct, its strengths and weaknesses, it is probably a good idea to put the evidence on the table. The data and analysis reported here is actually only the smallest beginning of what will eventually come forth from the QSRLS research, but it is an essential first step. Consequently, the second part of this analysis will attempt to offer reading a data based introduction into the work of QSRLS and a mapping of the subsequent analyses to follow.