Exploration of Teachers’ Opinions and Feelings about the Lead Learner Instructional Model Implementation

May 19, 2023


Bodunrin O. Banwo

University of Massachusetts Boston

This report details the thoughts and opinions of five teachers participating in the CODE.org Computer Science Discoveries (CSD) program (CODE’s introductory computer science course for 6 – 10th-grade students). CSD’s use of the pedagogical model “Lead Learner.” The Lead Learner model is an educational and instructional structure that intentionally shifts the instructor’s position from what some consider the traditional role of “content expert” and primary source of knowledge for students to that of a collaborative source of discovery. The research is broken down into two parts (Observations of monthly professional development and Teacher interviews) and is presented in two areas that detail how teachers could become more comfortable with the Lead Learner model. These findings are 1) Teachers Learning to Be Collaborative, 2) Student Leadership, and 3) The Teacher’s Identity was Student-Centered. Following the findings section will be a section with four areas of improvement. These recommendations are A) Lead Learner is Collaboration, B) Assumptions about being Collaborative, C.) Teaching Training in Collaborative Instruction and D.) Preparing Students for the Future.

Suggested Citation

Banwo, B. O. (2022). Exploration of Teachers’ Opinions and Feelings about the Lead Learner Instructional Model Implementation [Report]. Chicago, IL: The Learning Partnership. https://doi.org/10.51420/report.2023.8

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