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ERIC Number: ED025539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Pages: 16
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New Approaches to Teaching.
Garrison, Roger H.
According to the author, the chief duty of a teacher is "to do himself out of a job as quickly and efficiently as possible." If he were to take this aphorism seriously and consider instruction in terms of behavior changes in students, a teacher would be forced to re-examine his basic approaches to teaching. He might come to realize that his chief duty is not to transmit and discuss what has already been known but to train a student to think with increasing independence of a teacher. Other questions which he would have to consider are (1) whether students are actually treated as individuals in any concrete and productive sense, (2) the usefulness of the question-and-answer pattern in examinations and discussions, (3) the value of small classes and a low student-faculty ratio, (4) the value of covering large amounts of material, and (5) the wisdom of thinking in all-or-nothing terms when developing new approaches to teaching. In conclusion the author describes how he teaches three writing courses in which 95 students write for every class session and in which he is able to have from 40 to 60 individual conferences a week. (BN)
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Note: Paper presented at Conf for Presidents of Two-Year Independent Colleges for Women, Westbrook Jr. Coll, Portland Maine, Oct 1968.