Different approaches and methods

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Different Approaches and Methods

Different Approaches and MethodsA thousand teacher, a thousand methods.-Chinese Proverb

Teaching Approach

Is a set of principles, beliefs or ideas about the nature of learning which is translated into the classroom. It springs from a teachers own philosophy of education, the nature of education, the role of the teacher and that of the student.

Teaching Strategy Is a long plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. Strategies applies to many disparate fields such as military strategy, economic strategy, teaching strategy and the like.

Teaching Methods Is a systematic way of doing something. it implies an orderly logical arrangement of steps. It is more procedural.

Teaching Technique Is a well-defined procedure used to accomplish a specific activity or task. It is a teachers particular style or trick used to accomplish an immediate objective. More than one technique may be available for accomplishing a specific activity or task.

Approach Strategy Method Technique

Example of Teaching approachesTeacher-centeredLearner-centeredSubject matter-centerLearner-centeredTeacher-dominatedInteractiveBanking approachConstructivistDisciplinalIntegratedIndividualisticCollaborativeIndirect, guidedDirect

Other Teaching Approaches sited in Education Literature are:Research-based ApproachAs the name implies teaching and learning are anchored on research findings Whole Child Approach The learning process itself takes into account not only the academic needs of the learners, but also their emotional, creative, psychological, spiritual and developmental needs. A highly cerebral approach is far from wholistic, neither that approach which emphasizes only the physical development of the child.

3. Metacognitive ApproachThe Teaching process brings the learner to the process of thinking about thinking. The learner reflects on what he learned and on his/her ways of learning. He reflects on why he/she succeeded one time but failed the other time. 4. Problem-based ApproachAs the name implies, the teaching-learning process is focused on problems. Time is spent on analyzing and solving problems.

In summary, approaches vary in the degree of teacher and learner engagement, focus, number of learners involved in the teaching- learning process as shown in the diagram below:

Teacher Learner Engagement Subject Learner Matter Focus

Individual Group Number


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