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Planning and sequencing units to progress student learning

Overview

Mastery learning is a way of designing units of work so that each set of tasks focuses on a particular learning objective and students must master a task to move onto the next one. By monitoring student progress through informal and formal assessments, teachers can provide additional support or enrichment to students depending on their level of mastery.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Mastery learning is related to Focus Area 3.2: Plan, structure and sequence learning programs in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Research

Mastery learning has a strong evidence base that meets AERO’s highest standards of evidence. For more information about the evidence base, see below:

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Tried and Tested practice guide

This guide outlines evidence-based practices for implementing mastery learning in the classroom.
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Annotated reference list

An overview of the research evidence cited throughout our mastery learning resources.

Using the practice

To be effective, mastery learning needs to be implemented well. See below some ‘things to know’ when using the practice.

Snapshots of practice

Mastery learning may look different in different contexts. See below examples of Mastery learning in a variety of classrooms and settings:

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Teaching vignette

Short stories from practitioners about how they use an evidence-based practice in their classroom.
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Mastery learning at Trinity College

See how Mastery Learning is implemented in different classrooms at Trinity College.

Implementation tools

Here you will find tools to help you implement mastery learning in your classroom or setting.

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Implementation checklist

Practical steps you can take to support the use of mastery learning in your setting.
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