Review Your Role, Responsibilities and Boundaries as a Teacher/Trainer in Terms of the Teaching/Training Cycle.

Theory Question 1

  1. Introduction

Review your role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher/trainer in terms of the teaching/training cycle.

“Personally, I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”  ~Winston Churchill (date unknown)

In the above quote Winston Churchill makes reference to the subtle difference between learning in the sense of expanding one’s knowledge and skills, and being taught in the context of   “taught a lesson” through learning by committing mistakes.
Churchill’s quote has relevance to the teaching cycle as the process must aim to maximise opportunities for developing skill and knowledge in a well planned and executed manner that controls and manages the “trial and error” elements of learning, referred to as “being taught” in the quote.

In this assignment the author will consider the role, responsibilities and boundaries of a teacher and make reference to his personal experience.

  2. Literature Review

Numerous articles and books refer to the teaching cycle and the associated roles, responsibilities and boundaries of the teacher   - see section 5. References of this document.   Most articles refer to either a four or five stage cycle, with assessment of learning either forming a separate stage in the cycle or being combined as part of the learning stage - see diagrams 1 and 2 below.

Diagram 1.   5 stage Teaching Cycle


Diagram 2.   4 Stage Teaching Cycle
All the literature reviewed by the author agreed that it is the teachers role and responsibility to identify the learning needs of learners prior to any teaching as part of the planning stage of the Teaching Cycle.   Good practice suggested in the literature recommends that a learning needs analysis should form the basis of this planning.   “A needs analysis is client-centred and may include training needs related to an individual, group, industrial or commercial enterprise institution or other external agency” (...