Professional Identity and Practice Styles

Essay by Richard.AUniversity, Bachelor's June 2004

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So what is an effective teacher? In my opinion an effective teacher is a scholar who shares knowledge, uses the appropriate methodology, demonstrates and encourages enthusiasm about the subject matter and shows a concern for students, all in such a way as to leave the student with a lasting and vivid conviction of having benefited from the instruction. It is my opinion that whilst imparting your knowledge as a teacher to the various students it is regarded as professional to know your own identity and practice style. This will help to ensure that the delivery of the lessons be it training, instruction or teaching is of the highest possible standard, which all students have the right to receive.

The key purpose of the FE teacher and those directly involved in supporting learning is to provide high quality teaching, to create effective opportunities for learning and to enable all learners to achieve to the best of their ability.

(FENTO Standards 30Aug 2002 p3)

Even as a teacher I am still learning each and every day, life is one long learning process. Therefore, there is a need to understand how as an individual or collectively we learn. According to Honey and Munford's Theory (1986) there are four main styles to learning, they are Activist, Reflector, Theorist and Pragmatist. The two experts in their field devised a test to show where the vast majority of people fitted into the above styles. I decided to complete the test in which I was pleasantly surprised.(see annex A)

The results show that I am predominately a theorist within the style of learning. This in its simplest form describes me as a person who needs a lot of information and recourses to learn. As a learner I respond primarily to a behaviourist style in of teaching. I...