What is Huitt’s (2011) view about the function of teaching?

According to Huitt, teaching is the purposeful direction and management of the learning process.  He believes that teaching is not giving knowledge or skills to the students but rather teaching is the process of providing guided opportunities for students to produce relatively permanent change through the engagement in experiences provided by the teacher.

Do you agree that “teaching is not giving knowledge or skills to students”? How does his view differ from your own?

In my opinion, teaching is not always about providing knowledge and skills to the students. You can present something in front of the class and everyone will have different perspective on it. This however may change if there is a structure/guide in presenting the lesson. Teaching can also take place by asking meaningful questions and allowing the students to discover the answer.

How will teachers who share his view that “teaching is the process of providing guided opportunities for students“do things differently from those who believe that teaching is “giving knowledge or skills to students”?

Teachers who believe that teaching is the process of providing guided opportunities for students differs because they are option minded. They accepted that teachers are instruments that paves to learning. Self awareness and is the key ingredient to this method. Learning can happen when teachers tap on the student’s curiosity. This can take place by providing guided and structured lessons, asking open ended questions, providing different views, and allowing the students to speak up. Teachers who believe that teaching is giving knowledge or skills to students are stuck in a one way road.  They do provide knowledge but not meaningful ones.

References:

http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/topics/intro/whyedpsy.html

http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/papers/modeltch.html

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