K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

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Learn more about didactic instruction

According to the National Paideia Institute, Paideia (py-dee-a) is from the Greek pais, paidos, which means the upbringing of a child. The Paideia philosophy “celebrates the fundamental notion that...
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
The Paideia Seminar: Active thinking through dialogue
This teacher training manual, provided by The National Paideia Center, provides a valuable set of resources for educators who want to begin using the Paideia approach.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Changes in a democratic society (Lesson 3 of 3)
This lesson is a follow-up to Changes in a Democratic Society, Lessons 1 and 2. Students will reflect upon and respond to a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, "Monument for the Defense of Paris." Permission has been granted by Ackland Art Museum to use the following sculptures: "Monument for the Defense of Paris" (Auguste Rodin) and "Wisdom Supporting Liberty" (Aime-Jules Dalou).
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Karen Wagoner.

Teacher-centered method of instruction in which teachers deliver and students receive lessons, best suited to brief delivery of factual information.

See also behaviorism.

Additional information

Didactic instruction is one of three parts of the Paideia approach. Appropriate use requires careful planning and organization, a clear focus, and brevity.

Opponents of didactic instruction argue that it assumes active teachers and passive students, inhibits student development by fostering superficial learning of basic facts, and makes students dependent instead of teaching them skills for independent problem solving.