Research-Based Learning Strategies

Teaching Strategies to Increase Student Achievement

Course Outline

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce teachers to research based learning strategies. Participants will gain understanding of widely tested educational theories regarding the relationship between teaching efficient strategies and its impact upon student learning and achievement.

The importance of this course is underscored by the results of extensive research done over the past thirty years, changing the "art" of teaching into the science of teaching (Marzano 2001). The results of research empirically document that students who effectively utilize learning strategies in the classroom are better able to learn and retain information. As students develop learning efficiency, they will also develop a better attitude toward school and a greater belief in their ability to succeed. Though teachers must teach the academic information required by the school curriculum, they are also acutely aware of a need to teach strategies for long-term learning.

Participants in this course will learn to easily incorporate effective methodologies directly into elementary, middle and high school curricula utilizing practical strategies and student-friendly activities.


  • Acquire information related to the most current educational research regarding study strategies and their effects on student performance
  • Examine a variety of cues, questions and advance organizers to activate students' prior knowledge
  • Ascertain practical strategies to increase students' reading efficiency in the content area
  • Evaluate the importance of learning strategies for similarities and differences and incorporate it into the curriculum
  • Access and use research-based strategies for summarizing
  • Acquire methods for explicit instruction of note-taking and nonlinguistic representations
  • Assess the research and theory in aiding the memory process and the use of recall questions

Curriculum Design & Time Requirements

Participants will learn to easily incorporate effective methodologies directly into elementary, middle and high school curricula utilizing practical strategies and student-friendly activities. This is a forty-five hour graduate level course taught in the classroom and online.

Course Materials

The required textbook for this course is Classroom Instruction that Works: Research – Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievementby Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering and Jane E. Pollock. Supplemental materials come from Study Strategies for Early School Success and Study Strategies Made Easy, both by Leslie Davis, M.Ed., Sandi Sirotowitz, M.Ed. and Harvey Parker, Ph.D. as well as other readings. In addition, students will receive a student guide.

Session Outline

Session 1: Course Introduction and Overview
  1. Course objectives, requirements and expectations
  2. Educational research
  3. Effect size

Session 2: Metacognition
  1. Background
  2. Learning styles inventory

Session 3: Cognition
  1. Cues, Questions and Advance Organizers
  2. Characteristics of Successful Learners
  3. Cognitive Strategies

Session 4: Content Reading
  1. Active Reading
  2. Characteristics of Poor/Successful Readers
  3. Reading Strategies

Session 5: Identifying Similarities and Differences
  1. Definitions
  2. Models for teaching comparisons, classification, metaphors and analogies

Session 6: Summarizing
  1. Research
  2. Strategies for teaching summarizing

Session 7: Note Taking and Nonliguistic Representations
  1. Active learning
  2. Note Taking Methods

Session 8: Teaching Specific Types of Knowledge & Memory Techniques for Retention
  1. Teaching Specific Types of Knowledge
    • Vocabulary
    • Details
    • Organizing ideas
    • Skills and tactics
    • Processes
  2. Retention
  3. Memorization Strategies

Session 9: Homework & Practice
  1. Research and various homework policies
  2. Final Integration Projects: Completion and beginning presentations

Session 10: Synthesis of Study Strategies for School Success
  1. Presentation of Final Integration Projects
  2. Final Exam
  3. Course evaluations
  4. Review and sharing of ideas and resources


  Assignment Points   Grading Scale  
  Participation   40      100 - 93 A
  Reading Assignments/Relections   30       92 - 85 B
Final Integration Project   20     84 - 77 C
Final Exam   10
  Total Points  100    

Student Requirements

1. Attendance and participation: Students are expected to attend and participate in all class activities.
2. Reading Assignments: Students will write informal reflections on the required reading or activity. Reflections should not be a summary of the required readings; instead they should discuss new ideas and significant insights gleaned from the readings and how the information can be applied in the classroom.
3. Final Integration Project: Students will produce a final project that synthesizes the research-based strategies covered in Study Strategies for School Success.
4. Reading Assignments: Write an informal reflection on the required reading or required activity focusing on what you have learned and/or a reflection as specified. Do not summarize the required readings; instead discuss new ideas and significant insights and how the information can be applied in the classroom.
5. Final Integration Project: Based on research and instructional strategies covered, design a unit of study for your students. This unit should consist of strategies and a description of activities and content. The Final Integration Project is worth 30 points.

Student Academic Integrity

Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.


To register to take TEI's Research-Based Learning Strategies course, go to the Course Registration page.