Intellectual Quality

Concepts and Intellectual Quality

Intellectual quality refers to pedagogy focused on producing deep understanding of important, substantive concepts, skills and ideas.

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Deep knowledge in English focuses on key concepts that are embedded in syllabus content.

Deep understanding is evident when students demonstrate their grasp of concepts and syllabus content in what they do or produce.

Problematic knowledge is the understanding that texts are socially constructed and subject to social and cultural influences, so are open to question and interpretation.

Higher order thinking requires students to consider and manipulate concepts and ideas to create new meanings and understandings.

Metalanguage means lessons have high levels of talk about language and symbols, and about how texts work, to help develop deep understanding of key concepts.

Substantive communication is when students have opportunities for sustained communication as they apply ideas and concepts, form generalisations and ask questions.