Edev_502 response wk1_10

You say, “my role as instructor in class is always different being a facilitator, supervisor, exemplar, instructor, educator …” . I fully concur, and I recognise that the hats a teacher has to wear will be very different depending on the current situation. Indeed, this is partly why the profession of teaching is so interesting, engaging and challenging.

However, I’d like to question the stance a teacher has regarding their underlying belief about how students learn. Is an eclectic approach possible, that is, a teacher can take methodologies from behaviourism, cognitivism and so on, or does each teacher have a base belief that informs all of their teaching actions? I suspect the latter and that eclecticism is more a function of the base theory being incomplete. Shouldn’t a theory be able to encompass, i.e. explain, all of the aspects of learning?

About theCaledonian

Scot living in north Japan teaching at a national university.
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