TEACHING METHODS SUITABLE FOR THE TEACHING OF SKILL SUBJECTS IN BUSINESS EDUCATION. BY PAT N OBASI, EBONYI STATE LIBRARY BOARD, ABAKALIKI.
Teaching is a systematic presentation of facts, ideas, skills, and techniques to students. Although human beings have survived and evolved as a species partly because of a capacity to share knowledge, teaching as a profession did not emerge until relatively recently. The societies of the ancient world that made substantial advances in knowledge however, were those in which specially designated people assumed responsibility for educating the young. The teaching profession has developed several methods for use to attain the desired goal of impacting knowledge to the students. We shall concern ourselves with the discussion of one of such methods used in teaching skill subjects in Business Education. Demonstration Method:
Demonstration Method of teaching involves showing the student the response pattern that is desired. It is a method whereby the teacher will be demonstrating what he is teaching and the students will be imitating his actions. This method of teaching can be employed in teaching skilled subjects like Book-keeping, Typewriting, shorthand etc. For example, in teaching typewriting with the demonstration method, the teacher shows the student how to place their fingers on the keyboard i.e. which finger to place on which key, which one is the home key fingers etc.
The teacher will also need to give verbal directions to the students to help them know how to pronounce words when teaching some skill subjects such as shorthand. For example, the consonant ‘Gay’ is not just pronounced as letter ‘G’ rather it is pronounced according to the sound. Verbal directions thus will help the students learn when the teacher using this method calls on them to join him as he pronounced the words.
This approach uses testing and competition to evaluate and motivate students. In the progressive approach, the student,...
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