Curriculum Attitudes and Dispositions

Children learn best when learning is interactive, practical and enjoyable. Teachers should use a wide variety of teaching methods, balancing whole class, group and individual activities, to engage their pupils in effective learning.

Including a broader range of pedagogical techniques will help pupils to develop for themselves positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning.

These include:

  • Personal responsibility
  • Commitment
  • Determination
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Optimism
  • Curiosity
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Concern for others
  • Commitment
  • Resourcefulness
  • Self belief
  • Pragmatism
  • Community spirit
  • Tolerance
  • Moral courage

The Northern Ireland Curriculum’s focus on skills requires that teaching methods take into account how pupils receive and assimilate what they learn.