Unit 2 Methods of Teaching and Delivering

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Unit 2 Methods of Teaching and Delivering


The purpose of this essay is to describe the learner’s characteristics and discuss how teaching strategies influences collegial learning and how it develops key skills in learners. It will also highlight how teaching approaches contributes to classroom management.

Learner Group

The learner group is made up seven students, four male and three female. There are no students from the ethnic origin and their age group is between 16-19 years old. Many if not all have left school with few or no qualifications at all and have accessed Burnley College in order to achieve some kind of qualification, that will lead to further education or gainful employment. Their background reflects on their personalities and perception of the importance of having education. This factor is due to many reasons, as individual circumstances will vary, common factors are parents have not been supportive, bullied at school and suffer from dyslexia.

The module that I teach is OCR level 1 certificate in Preparation in Employment that is one of the modules of Entry to Employment (E2E). Part of the requirement is students must undertake work placements to complete the course. In each module students are given a handbook to complete. To achieve a level 1 qualification a student must answer all questions. These questions are closely based on the students observation and understanding of following instructions at work

During previous lessons it has become apparent, that the most successful style of teaching and learning for these students are a combination of Teacher centered, Student centered methods are more appropriate due to the diversification of the student learning abilities. The students have to be kept highly motivated or they lose interest in the subject matter, after which it almost impossible to regain their attention. Therefore, the success of the learning outcome is highly dependent on repetition and reinforcement.  Furthermore the appropriate teaching strategy has to reflect the situational constraints of environment and the diversification of the individual students concerned.

There are different teachings and learning methods that can be implemented but the appropriateness will be dependant on the domains of learning. Depending on the level of subject taught it will require the right methods of teaching for its effectiveness for instance, if a class is delivered on facts and figures then lecturing will be the method of teaching although it has its disadvantages. Equally for students to learn teaches must use techniques to get students to participate in discussions, debates, role-playing, seminars etc. These methods use a higher degree of student-centered participation. These are used as alternatives and in conjunction with teacher-centered methods and most often with mature students.

A domain of learning approach was developed by Bloom in 1972.  He identified the three stages in which learning occurs as the:

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Cognitive – knowledge gain

Psychomotor – skill development

Affective – attitude formation.  

Research and evidence has proven that no single theory can cover all aspects of learning (Hartley 1984).  Classical and operant conditioning stress the importance of immediate feedback in learning to maintain a positive attitude to learning. However, Cognitive and the domains of learning, enable clients to develop problem solving skills and the underpinning knowledge of theory and skills. Each theory has pros and cons, determining which theory relates to your personal situation, will assist in effective learning.  

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