ERIC Number: ED049162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Skills of Teaching: A Dynamic Approach.
Pereira, Peter; Guelcher, William
Three premises underlie the practice of microteaching: that much of teaching consists of behaviors, that the total performance can be broken into smaller pieces of behavior with little consideration given to the relationship between these parts, and that of a teaching performance can be usefully analyzed without consideration of what precedes or follows it. The first danger in this approach arises from the problem of isolating the constituents of teaching and setting up a doctrinaire list of skills. The second danger is failure to consider how different parts of complex behavior interact with each other. The analogies drawn between teaching painting skills or the training of a pilot and the preparation of a teacher overlook the obvious difference between paints or planes and students, who are capable of acting independently of the teacher's wishes, thus preventing a closed feedback system which would permit an accurate evaluation of the teacher's behavior. Primary emphasis therefore should be on the acquisition of principles to guide action with secondary emphasis on the development of skills. This dynamic skills approach regards skills as behavior in context with a perception of what preceded it and an anticipation of what may follow. It provides the teacher with a conceptual model in which there is sufficient freedom within the structure for the students to explore alternative paths to the desired goal. (MBM)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Graduate School of Education.