What is Indirect Instruction?
In contrast to the direct instruction strategy, indirect
instruction is mainly student-centered, although the two strategies can
complement each other.
Indirect instruction seeks a high level of student involvement
in observing, investigating, drawing inferences from data, or forming
hypotheses. It takes advantage of students' interest and curiosity, often
encouraging them to generate alternatives or solve problems.
In indirect instruction, the role of the
teacher shifts from lecturer/director to that of facilitator, supporter, and
resource person. The teacher arranges the learning environment, provides
opportunity for student involvement, and, when appropriate, provides feedback to
students while they conduct the inquiry.