MODELS OF TEACHER LEARNING
P5 Ur, 1996. A Course in Language Teaching, UK: Cambridge
Various models of teacher learning have been suggested; the three main ones, as described in Wallace (1993) are as follows:
1. The craft model
The trainee [teacher student] learns from the example of a ‘master teacher’, whom he/she observes and imitates.
2. The applied science model
The trainee studies theoretical course in applied linguistics and other related subjects, which are then, through the construction of an appropriate methodology, applied to classroom practice.
3. The reflective model
The trainee teaches or observes lessons; or recalls past experience, then reflects alone or in discussion with others, in order to work out theories about teaching; then tries these out again in practice. Such a cycle aims for continuous improvement and the development of personal theories of action (see Schon, 1983)
Which is likely to be most effective? Or, how do teachers learn most effectively?
What’s your opinion on this?