Toward an authentic pedagogy: An investigation of authentic learning instruction in a middle school
The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate teacher attitudes and beliefs about authentic instruction and authentic learning in a middle school. A review of literature defines authentic learning, discusses historical and philosophical perspectives, reviews teaching strategies, and summarizes the Five Standards for Authentic Pedagogy proposed by Newmann and Wehlage (1993). The findings of the study suggest that teachers should provide an abundance of opportunities for students to engage in substantive conversation so that they may develop higher order thinking skills and the understanding necessary for authentic achievement. Implications for teaching practice and recommendations for further research are also discussed.