GLOSSARY: Terms relating to first years

Key terms used in these support sites and in the literature

Browse the glossary using this index

Special | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | ALL



The term scaffolding has a range of interpretations but commonly describes the practice of teaching students to develop skills and knowledge by providing supports and layering new material over what they have mastered (Daniels 2001; Verenikina 2008). McMahon (2002) describes scaffolds as 'forms of learning support provided to bridge the gap between existing skills and potential skills…instructional scaffolds act as initial support which is gradually removed as the learner becomes more independent' (p. 459).    

Daniels, H 2001, Vygotsky and pedagogy, RoutledgeFalmer, London.

McMahon, MT 2002, 'Designing an on-line environment to scaffold cognitive self-regulation', Proceedings of 2002 HERDSA, Milperra, NSW, pp. 457-464.   

Verenikina, I 2008, 'Scaffolding and learning: its role in nurturing new learners', in P Kell, W Vialle, D Konza & G Vogl (eds.), Learning and the learner: exploring learning for new times, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, pp. 161-180.

Entry link: Scaffolding