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Is Pedagogy Training needed for fresher faculty?

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To My understanding in the field of teaching the teacher should act as a facilitator rather a teacher.

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@Tuti Sandhya I think this is a fascinating and very important question. Could you share more about what you see as the differences between a facilitator and a teacher, Sandy?

As someone who has had mixed experiences with educators (though mostly positive), I believe that pedagogy is key in helping educators understand how students will be most receptive to learning. Sometimes a teaching approach seems like a good idea but it actually has negative consequences for learning. Studying pedagogy can help an educator avoid this.

And for those who are curious: "Pedagogy, taken as an academic discipline, is the study of how knowledge and skills are exchanged in an educational context, and it considers the interactions that take place during learning." Wikipedia article here.

What do you think?
For too long, students have expected teachers to do all the work while they just sat there, listening and taking notes. Whatever the teacher wanted them to do they did. But being in class was mostly passive. We thought a teacher was wonderful if he or she was a good entertainer and made the subject come alive.....but again, the teacher did it all. Recently, we have learned that this is backwards. Students are the ones who need to do all the hard work, all the exploring, thinking, research, etc. The teacher acts as a motivator and facilitator, watching closely to make sure sure their students are on the right track.
...To continue my thoughts..( you can tell I was a successful teacher for over 40 years and have mentored several education courses,LOL ):
The teacher as a facilitator doesn't just walk away from the students and leave them to figure things out alone. This is often how it is misinterpreted. They might plan specific projects for students to work on so their skills will develop, they might partner students up so they can discuss the challenges and learn to work together, etc. They are very much a part of the learning process, carefully overseeing what is happening and effectively guiding the students to success.

You might be interested in researching constructivism. Especially as it relates to distance learning, constructivism is an interesting way to build courses that shifts responsibility for learning towards the students in ways that traditional lecturing might not. Of course the instructor also has new responsibilities under a constructivist approach, which sometimes they are not prepared for.
@SeaPhil , thank you for this suggestion. I will read about it. I enjoy the names people come up with for what often seems like common sense practices, such as “constructivism”. Shifting responsibilities to students is an important consideration, especially in an online course where you don’t meet people in person.


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