ERIC Number: ED172652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Competent Teaching: Some Pre-Requisites and Some Implications. Tertiary Education Research Centre Monograph No. 11.
Powell, J. P.
The nature of competent teaching is discussed and distinctions between competent and incompetent teaching are made. Teaching involves the intention to bring about learning and competence in a method designed to bring about learning. Teaching is defined as educative when it is conducted in a morally acceptable manner and when the content of what is to be learned is educationally valuable. In the case of the incompetent teacher, there is an extremely poor fit between the actions of the teacher and those of the pupils. Although reciprocity and cooperation may be poor, the pupils may still learn by their own efforts. It may also be the case that learning does not occur although the teacher displays a high level of competence. It is necessary for the teacher to know more than the learner. A teacher's responsibility for bringing about learning requires taking the initiative in encouraging students to be actively involved in the teaching-learning situation and a professional interest in the problems that students encounter and the ways in which they study. Familiarity with research into the practicalities of learning and the discussion of techniques with colleagues and students are necessary. Applications of these ideas to higher education and the issue of the authority of the teacher are discussed. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document