Using booklets in teaching: Research, pedagogy & practice


Following a few discussions on using booklets on Twitter recently, I thought I would pull together some resources on it. I suspect there is little research on the use of these types of booklets in school teaching as yet so the resources are mainly blogs on how people are using them.

It’s important to recognise that the content and design of booklets vary; some are guided notes and others more a ‘text book’ approach. Also, and possibly the most interesting is how these are being used pedagogically. I suspect that there is a wide variety of approaches and hopefully the blogs included give an insight into how they are being used in the classroom.

Please let me know of any blogs and/or research to add.

Pedagogy & Practice

Ruth Walker – Booklets:10 principles of production https://rosalindwalker.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/booklets-10-principles-of-production/

Ruth Walker https://rosalindwalker.wordpress.com/2020/05/17/booklets-rosenshine-teach-like-a-champion-and-knowledge-rich-curriculum/ 

Ben Newmark https://bennewmark.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/how-to-teach-using-a-booklet-and-visualiser/

Adam Robbins https://reflectionsinscience.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/eradicating-disadvantage-why-i-moved-to-a-booklet-model-a-guest-blog-post/ This has a great set of  possible objections and responses to using booklets

Jo Facer– English https://readingallthebooks.com/2018/05/05/booklets/

Adam Boxer– Science https://achemicalorthodoxy.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/booklets-how-i-use-them/

Dan Rodriguez-Clark Maths


Mrs Educate – RE https://mrseducate.com/2018/06/20/exercise-books-worth-the-paper-they-are-written-on/

Dawn Cox – RE – Guided notes https://missdcoxblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/using-booklets-for-guided-notes/

#CogSciSci – Science – https://cogscisci.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/module-how-to-write-slop/

Greg Thornton – History -Twitter thread https://twitter.com/mrthorntonteach/status/1232758145757392905?s=21

Some possible linked research

The research for scaffolding notes for students is interesting. It’s overall positive for learning. The benefits of guided notes include increased accuracy, frequency of notes and improvement in tests. Research also suggests that students prefer using guided notes. Another interesting finding is that guided notes can benefit students with SEN (Lazarus 1993).

Konrad et al (2009) say ” Results indicated that guided notes are an effective and socially valid method for increasing note-taking accuracy and improving academic performance, particularly for school-age students” .

This Cult of Pedagogy podcast and blog has a great summary of the research on note taking.

Research summaries for using booklets (not necessarily in school education)
Yaghobian M, Yaghobi T, Salmeh F, Golmohammadi F, Safari H, Savasari R, et al . Comparing the Effect of Teaching Using Educational Booklets and Lecture along with Educational Booklets on Nurses’ Knowledge about Professional Laws and Regulations. Iranian Journal of Medical Education. 2010; 9 (4) :372-380

This study looked at nurses and learning their professional laws and regulations.  There were 3 groups. Group 1 had the booklet and lecture, Group 2 only the booklet and Group 3 was the control group. After pre-test and post-test the 1st group’s mean score increased most.

Agustiawan, A., Sofian, S. and Husin, S., IMPROVING STUDENTS’VOCABULARY BY USING BOOKLETS. Jurnal Pendidikan dan Pembelajaran7(7).

This action research, small scale study looked at using booklets for students learning English vocabulary. The researchers conclude that using the booklets increased their vocabulary, it was ‘easier’ than before and students were  ‘enthusiastic’.

+ the usual research on retrieval etc!