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ERIC Number: EJ935234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Reflections on Teaching and Implications for Higher Education in South Africa: An Autobiographical Account
Beets, P. A. D.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v23 n6 p1174-1190 2009
According to Martin, Benjamin, Prosser, and Trigwell (1999), the scholarship associated with teaching consists of three related activities which integrate the key functions of higher education, namely engagement with the existing knowledge on teaching and learning; self-reflection on teaching and learning in one's discipline; and the public sharing of ideas about teaching and learning within the discipline. This article attempts to address these three aspects. In this account I reflect systematically on my teaching as it has developed over three decades. I reflect on my actions and those of my learners and later my students; I make careful judgments about my observations, while integrating insights gained from related research; I (re)evaluate the intended educational outcomes--all in an attempt developed a "scholarship of teaching", but more specifically pedagogies that will optimize the learning of my students. These reflections, however, cannot be isolated from my lived experiences--those from my childhood, the teachings that I received, and the teaching in which I have been involved in the past. Likewise, my thinking about my thinking of and on teaching cannot be divorced from my role as a teacher educator and the local realities that teachers face. I will start my reflections by going back to my experiences in my first teaching post. This will be followed by reflections on my experience as a teacher educator in the former colleges of education, on my time at a provincial education department and then on my current teaching. I will end this narrative by attempting to synthesise my personal reflections against the background of my perceived academic task. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa