ERIC Number: ED028110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
The Way Teaching Is.
Jackson, Philip W.
The focus of inquiry in educational research on teaching is shifting from what should happen in the classroom to what does happen. Teaching activities are being observed and described because other research methods, which search for what is "good" in teaching, have not yielded many discoveries or intellectually substantial information about a profession that is central in human affairs. Descriptive research has primarily confined itself, however, to the public interactive moments of teaching while neglecting the more private moments that illuminate the teaching process and pertain as much if not more than the public to conceptualization of the teaching task, justification of teacher-training requirements, and teacher evaluation. Private moments include preparing for the classroom (preactive teaching) and working with students individually either when other students are present but separately occupied (semi-private teaching) or when alone (private teaching). If we look at what teaching really is, we might find that the teacher's actual goal is student involvement rather than learning (hoped for as a by-product, however), and that the teacher's chief contribution to learning (what the student "gets") is choosing the best activity for a student. (A five-item reference list is included.) (LP)
National Education Association, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. (The Way Teaching Is, Stock No. 381-11752, HC $1.50. Quantity discount.)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Center for the Study of Instruction.; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, DC.
Note: Pp. 7-27 in The Way Teaching Is (Report of the Seminar on Teaching.)