ERIC Number: ED343886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Teach in a Different Culture.
Kennedy, Mary M.
This case study presents a first-hand account of learning to teach, occasioned by an educational researcher's consultation visit to Thailand. The visit entailed the teaching skills of lecturing, and conducting workshops and consultation meetings. The difficulties of this task were exacerbated by the consultant's lack of prior formal teaching experience and are comparable to experiences shared by all new teachers. Not unlike many novices, the consultant had formed a number of ideas about teaching and learning that influenced the ability to teach and the ability to learn more about teaching. The paper describes difficulties both in learning about the audience and in learning how to present ideas to an audience. The paper is organized into three main stages of learning: (1) initial ideas developed about teaching through other experiences; (2) advice received prior to the trip; and (3) what was learned in the actual teaching situation. The description of the third stage includes a discussion of the teacher's role as a connector of subject matter to learners, the importance of understanding both subject matter and learners, and learning to teach to audience expectations. (LL)
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Case Studies, Consultation Programs, Cultural Differences, Educational Experience, Educational Researchers, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Learning Experience, Teacher Role, Teaching Skills
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($6.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, East Lansing, MI.