Differences between the direct teaching method and the indirect teaching method

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I have collected a few advantages and disadvantages of direct and indirect teaching methods on this page for you.

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Even if the lessons in the direct method pass more slowly than in the indirect method, the class must be re-told if the students do not understand since the lesson cannot be taken back. However, with videos, presentations, and readings in the Indirect method, the student can repeat what he does not understand until he understands it.

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Now that we live in an active online world, there are many factors that can distract students while indirect teaching takes place. In direct teaching, the teacher can control the students because he is in the classroom, but this is often not possible in indirect teaching and the student can break away from the lesson.

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In direct teaching, when students have the opportunity to interrupt the teacher when there is a place they do not understand, they get the chance to involve in the lesson. This is very difficult to achieve in indirect teaching. And yet, some follow-up questions may remain unanswered because there is no face-to-face question-and-answer moment.

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Of course, these are just some differences. Remember, there is a way to turn every disadvantage into an advantage. Both forms of teaching can become very useful and helpful. If they differ according to the areas in which they are used and are used appropriately, the benefits of both teaching forms will be seen.


Moore, K. D. (2009). Effective Instructional Strategies: From Theory to Practice (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.