ERIC Number: ED206612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
A Person-Centered, Inquiry Oriented Approach to Teaching Basic Skills.
Parkay, Forrest W.
To create the conditions necessary for students to learn basic skills, teachers should facilitate interpersonal situations that will encourage learning. Teachers should operate less on a defensive basis and allow more student-teacher involvement, careful thinking, and demonstrated relevance of knowledge to create a dynamic learning environment. Teachers must accept the risk of initiating discussions on controversial subjects. After an acceptant, supportive classroom environment has been achieved, personal and group goals are considered so that class activities can be shaped in a familiar context. While lists of student goals and interests can give a certain amount of impetus to instruction, if the teacher is unwilling or afraid to listen carefully to students, student interest and commitment will not be sustained. By using insights drawn from continuous feedback, a sensitive teacher is able to be increasingly effective in providing students with a relevant learning experience. (FG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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