a. Explain what your actual or perceived role, responsibilities and boundaries are as a teacher in terms of the teaching cycle. Why are these necessary? b. Identify the legislative requirements and codes of practice that directly impact on your teaching.
c. Identify the legislative requirements and codes of practice that directly impact on your learning environment.
• Explain what your actual or perceived role, responsibilities and boundaries are as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle.
I intend to continue to be a trainer in management and in the security sector.
The role, responsibilities and boundaries of a trainer are ever changing and adapting to changes in the society. It is more than simply lecturing and marking students works. Learners come from different backgrounds and with different problems, hopes and expectations which have to be understood and addressed before effective learning can take place. As such in addition to my primary role of being a facilitator, I will have to play the roles of parent, psychologist, protector, motivator, role models to some learners. I will also have to collaborate with some agencies and organisations in order to facilitate effective learning. Boundaries are anything that may have direct impact to my teaching or delivery. This may include time constrains, my subject knowledge, the size of my class and location of the training room, the ability to cater for students with learning disabilities. In this I must have a reasonable evaluation to know what I can do and what are outside my ability and to call for supports.
Reece and Walker describe a modern teacher as being a facilitator. Unlike the traditional teaching methods which encourage learners just to be talk into, the modern method places more emphasis on the ability of the teachers to motivate and encourage students to be actively involved in the process of discovery, exploitation of issues and be able to think around the subject matters without being a mere regurgitation of given facts (Reece & Walker, 2002, P4). For this to take place, I will have to be able to facilitate an environment where learners fill safe and without any feelings of internal or external threats, discriminations or insensitivity to language or cultural barriers to learning. Coffield, F (2008) supports this line of thought when it states that teaching and learning are not separate activities but “intertwined elements of a double sided, interactive process” which is enabled by the understanding and implementation of the key stages of the teaching/training cycle. The Constructivism theory (Jean Piaget, 1967), also support this line of reasoning.
Despite the ever expanding or the elastic roles of trainers, it is essential that in order to be effective at impacting knowledge and to act within the law, trainers are aware of their roles, responsibilities and boundaries. In this respect, they are guided by the teaching/training cycle which provides a systematic approach to teaching and a cohesive structure within which roles, responsibilities and boundaries can be assessed and reflected upon (Gravells, 2010: 11). Gravells (2008) describes teaching as a cycle made up of five points- Identify needs and planning, designing, facilitating/deliver, assessing, and evaluating.
When planning to train learners, I would be guided by the teacher’s cycle. I will first seek to identify needs; training is about satisfying needs, therefore a good beginning point at preparing a training programme is to know the task to be performed. I will then identify the existing skills possess by learners and then produce the training content that would be required in order to close the known gap. This is known as training-needs-analysis. Information about the existing ability of learners can be drawn using various methods such as asking them to complete purposely...
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