Intentional teaching: Acting thoughtfully, deliberately and purposefully


By Anne Kennedy

The concept of intentional teaching raises our expectations for all educators and has the same positive effect as holding high expectations for every child. However, educators are sometimes unsure about the meaning of ‘intentionality’ and ‘intentional teaching’.

This publication contains practical advice and reflections on what being intentional means for educators, children, families and communities and aims to support a deeper understanding of the meaning behind ‘intentional teaching’.

Intentional teaching: Acting thoughtfully, deliberately and purposefully complements and is a companion to Pedagogy: Programs and relationships in practice.



Intentional teaching is defined in the Early Years Learning Framework as: the opposite of teaching by rote or continuing with traditions simply because things have ‘always’ been done that way.

Other topics explored in this publication include:

  • Unintended teaching and learning
  • The intentional teaching balance
  • Intentional teaching: Documenting and assessing learning
  • Intentional teaching and the Learning Outcomes
  • Promoting learning
  • Intentionality, inclusion and equity

This Research in Practice book complements and is a companion document to Pedagogy: Programs and relationships in practice.

About the Research in Practice Series:

The Research in Practice Series is published four times each year by Early Childhood Australia.

The Research in Practice Series is a practical, easy-to-read resource, offering effective new approaches for those challenging issues which arise in the care and education of young children. Each issue explores current and emerging research on a specialised topic within early childhood education and care and translates it into practical case studies, ideas and strategies for modern pedagogical practices.

Each issue can be purchased individually, or subscribe to receive a publication every quarter. Additionally, all subscribers to the Research in Practice Series receive access to specially developed presentations designed to take learning further, perfect to be shared during team meetings. To learn more about subscribing, click here. 

Additional information

Weight 0.09 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17.6 cm



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