Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences


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Which type of instruction puts the teacher in the role of controller or organizer?

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1. Trisha wrote an unfamiliar math problem on the board. She then asked her students to brainstorm and discuss with each other possible solutions to the problem while she observed. This is an example of _____.

2. Hector showed his students how to create a box out of notebook paper. He then asked them to take out a few pieces of paper and try it for themselves. This is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The teaching strategies of direct and discovery instruction possess contrasting characteristics and different potential benefits. This quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of both methods and the ideology behind them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on characteristics and examples of:

  • Discovery instruction
  • Instruction puts the teacher in the role of organizer
  • Examples of various kinds of instruction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast direct and discovery instruction
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concepts of direct and discovery instruction in both a general sense and as they apply to specific examples
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding teachers as organizers and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about direct and discovery instruction, review the accompanying lesson on Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define direct instruction and understand the argument for its use
  • Define discovery instruction and understand the argument for its use
  • Differentiate between direct and discovery instruction
  • Define inductive reasoning
  • Define deductive reasoning
  • Differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning