ERIC Number: EJ988346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
Turning Them on: How Does a Teacher Reach the Reluctant Learner?
International Journal on School Disaffection, v5 n1 p45-52 2007
Over a 27-year teaching career in schools in North London and the Zambian bush I have relished the challenge of helping the disaffected or reluctant learner. Most of my teaching was in the area of business and vocational education, where learners have often been placed not through choice but because they were not seen as high enough achievers to be offered more "academic" subjects. This not only perpetuates the divide between academic and vocational subjects (which still persists despite the government's attempts to bring in new vocational diplomas that offer "parity of esteem") but results in learners labelling themselves as failures because they perceive themselves to be in a "sink" group. It is only through a variety of active classroom strategies that relate closely to learners' needs and interests that the teacher can encourage the learners to make the most of opportunities and achieve their true potential.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Learning Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Self Esteem, Developmental Studies Programs, Academic Standards, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London); Zambia