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ERIC Number: ED237173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep-23
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Art of Teaching.
Wilkinson, James
Innovation Abstracts, v5 n26 Sep 23 1983
College teachers can act as intermediaries between a class and a body of knowledge by making three important contributions: structure, evaluation, and support. The teacher's task is to keep the student's initial drive and enthusiasm intact while thwarting the desire to be content with easy answers. Teachers need to encourage a critical outlook and introduce students to examples of excellence. Although lectures present results and leave students with a clearly defined conceptual universe, a greater sense of personal discovery is possible in a discussion. Therefore, the sequence--lecture, lab, discussion--forms a pedagogical continuum that best facilitates learning. In addition to facilitating structured discussions, teachers can facilitate learning by serving as models of qualities such as honesty, perseverance, self-discipline, and service to an ideal. Good teaching does make a difference by inducing students to demand more of themselves, leading them to new ways of solving problems, awakening unsuspected talents, and inspiring students to become caring, creative, and thoughtful. (LH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A