Student or Learner
I would like to discuss the two sentences below. I took them from my friend's research paper about an educational issue. He conducted one-to-one interviews with high school students regarding their understanding of science.
(1) It is important to examine students' scientific understanding so as to determine the best instructional approach to supporting their learning.
(2) It is important to examine students' scientific understanding so as to determine the best instructional method to support their learning.
He would like me to help him with the grammatical structure of these sentences. He thinks that they are grammatically incorrect and the highlighted words do not fit them. I am sorry to him that I cannot really help him because I do not see any problems.
When you give students tests, you assess their skills and understanding of a subject. However, when you conduct educational research, you base your research method on some widely accepted theory in the field to examine students' understanding of a subject.
"Approach" and "method" are have similar meanings. "Approach" is a path you take and "method" is a planned way of doing something. I think both are okay.
I am not really sure. Could someone please explain this? Thank you very much.