Instructional Scaffolding

Learning is not easy–whether memorizing an alphabet, analyzing the theory of integrals, or creating a dress pattern, most of us need support. We start receiving organized instructions and hints already at home. Our parents help us get through the daily activities such as dressing, playing, or eating, by giving us oral instructions, guiding our hands, or showing examples of the logical order of tasks. The same system of instructions (albeit more advanced) continues through the official school education and later in our professional lives. Our teachers and leaders facilitate our learning processes with the right combination of hints, tasks based on existing knowledge, and challenges, to help us hone our skills. In this article, we would like to take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of the learning support, namely–instructional scaffolding.

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