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The characteristics of age-appropriate pedagogies, represent a set of desirable qualities teachers can consider when working with children and colleagues so they are responsive to each individual child, context and purpose of learning.

Click on each characteristic below for its description, associated research links, teacher and child behaviours unpacked and examples of practice aligning curriculum, pedagogies and assessment.

Effective pedagogies Active
Creative Explicit
Narrative Playful
Agentic Collaborative
Language rich and dialogic Learner focused
Responsive Scaffolded


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Last updated
24 July 2017
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