Papers & Workshops



Innovative Pedagogy Learning and Practices. The Place of Multiple Intelligences, Edward deBono, Philosophy, Brain Research and Digital Literacy Practices in LOTE classrooms.


Maria Gindidis

Bilingual Schools Coordinator, Victorian Department of Employment, Education and Training, Melbourne, Australia

New initiatives in education this millennium embrace a multiple intelligences and thinking based curriculum model. Skills and strategies involved in digital literacy practices are allowing teachers to revisit and refine research based on first language literacy learning coupled with an understanding of learning strategies students employ. Engaging learners in the classroom has given way to an incredible interest in the practical application of Howard Gardner's eight intelligences. These are used by many teachers as a planning tool for the creation and development of diverse and interesting learning tasks. Problem solving and critical thinking processes are creatively exploited and presented using Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats. This paper presents the tapestry of these initiatives currently interwoven into school curriculum across metropolitan and regional Victoria describing at length the Languages other than English classrooms that are integrating such innovative practices. The learning, teaching and active use of another language by its very nature addresses the plethora of pedagogical practices driven currently by information on brain research. LOTE classrooms were and are addressing issues of creativity, learning and multiliteracies.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000