Folk Belief Theory

by on Nov 1, 2017 in Reading Reviews | 0 comments

This Reading Review provides a summary and review of a 2014 paper by Bruce Torff where he analyses several research studies about teacher beliefs around curriculum for low-advantage and high-advantage students in the USA.  His research shows how out-of-awareness assumptions or folk belief theory can result in a rigor gap for low-advantage students.

His research with expert teachers shows that this less rigorous pedagogy constitutes a watered down-curriculum for these students who might be as challenged and engaged as high-advantage students. A self-fulfilling prophecy results. The rigor gap results in an achievement gap.

Read our review of Torff’s Folk Belief theory here.

Stronger Smarter Institute reading review: Folk Belief Theory

Read a two-page summary of the Folk Belief theory review here.

Folk Belief Theory: Stronger Smarter Institute summary 2017

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