Walker Learning Approach

WL Overview Early Years

Walker Learning in the early childhood years bring back to life the aspects and elements of development not as a fad or an old fashioned way of thinking about early childhood but as a vibrant, necessary piece of evidence based on neuroscience and development that brings rigor, facts and the tracking and observation of children's development, learning and skill acquisition back into our major role and focus in early childhood education. One of our major aims is to ensure effective and smooth transition for children as they move between their early childhood and early primary years. Walker Learning ensures a consistency of teaching and learning across the early childhood and primary years.

It acknowledges that culture, community and family have a significant impact on a child's life and learning -However it would be naïve to ignore the importance of the biology of the developing child just as it would be naïve to ignore the importance of culture on the developing child. Walker Learning uses elements of development as a vibrant, necessary piece of evidence based on neuroscience and development that brings rigour, facts and the tracking and observation of children's development, learning and skill acquisition back into our major role and focus in early childhood education.

WL Overview Years 3 to 8

Walker Learning provides a platform of practical strategies to schools which seek high levels of student engagement and motivation across middle and upper primary and early secondary years with

WL Educator / Leader Accreditation

Walker Learning  has been specifically designed  to ensure

Walker Learning Overview Foundation to Year 2

Walker Learning (WL) is an Australian-designed teaching and learning approach (pedagogy) that authentically personalizes learning and is developmentally and culturally appropriate. Learning is real, relevant, and meaningful for all children regardless of their age, culture, family context, socioeconomic background, or geographical position. Walker Learning has been developed over twenty years using an action research model. Walker Learning is the first pedagogy to be designed for Australian schools, successfully providing teaching and learning that:

  • personalises and engages learners in active learning alongside explicit and formalised instruction
  • is culturally and developmentally appropriate across all demographic regions of the conutry from remote indigenous communities to elite independent schools

The pedagogical platform places the child at the center and uses developmental psychology, biology, and neurology alongside cultural and environmental influences as the basis for practical application across the Australian setting. Developmental psychology in recent years has been misinterpreted and misrepresented by some aspects of the educational academic forum with the assumption that the Piagetian model of a lockstep, monocultural stage ("norm") of developmental milestones prevails.

WL Professional Learning (Foundation to Year 2)

This session is an introductory presentation of the key elements of the pedagogy in the ea

Early Childhood Education: Emperor's New Clothes?

The new Early Years Framework (at least in theory) and the federal government’s long overdue acknowledgment that early childhood education is important gives us hope that Australia at last is moving in the right direction. Time will tell if this rhetoric translates to meaningful changes and not a scenario where the profession moves two steps forward and then three steps back! However Australia still has a long way to go when we consider it continues to lag behind most western countries in many areas of early childhood focus and expenditure.

Professional Development Sessions

The Walker Learning Approach offers developmentally and culturally appropriate personalised learning for children pre-school to year 9.

Staff Mentoring

This online booking form is for individual school mentoring by the Walker Learning Team.

Staff Mentoring

This online booking form is for mentoring being conducted in schools and educational organisations.