“Reflection is an important human activity in which people recapture their experience, think about it, mull it over an evaluate it. It is this working with experience that is important in learning.”
(Boud et al. 1985:19)
I think what is highlighted by Boud here for me is the idea that as supporters in learning in higher education we are effectively passing on our experiences to our learners. For example, as a photographic practitioner, I have 10 years of industry experience along with both a bachelors and masters degree in photography, which comes with experiences and knowledge which I reflect upon and then pass on that reflection to my learners.
Something in this chapter that I really didn’t understand is the idea of Self-Efficacy.
“Self-efficacy refers to an individual's belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviours necessary to produce specific performance attainments (Bandura, 1977, 1986, 1997)”
Did you ever have a bad teacher? & Is there any such thing as a bad teacher?
I found school a very difficult learning environment (which I think is why I have n recent years been drawn towards distance learning where I have control over my own learning environment) because of what later was diagnosed as dyslexia and severe dyspraxia. This really altered my opinion on certain teachers who constantly told me I wasn’t applying myself and that I should be working harder. So no, I don’t think I had any bad teachers, but I do think there were teachers who didn’t have enough understanding f different learning needs, and/or clashed with me in terms of character.
Reflecting on how I reached that judgement, I think I did look back in an objective manner, although I can see how easy it would be to reinterpret the past and produce negative associations because I wasn’t motivated by the teacher.
Thinking about how these teachers could change/improve, I think wider knowledge of different learning styles appropriate for different learners, knowledge about Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and how learners are effected by these learning difficulties would have made a massive difference to my learning in primary and secondary education. Moving onto a more reflective approach to my undergraduate degree, my teachers were very understanding about different learning styles and the support for my dyspraxia was absolutely exceptional.
In terms of the CPD, I would say after reflecting on my experiences as a learner in primary and secondary education, and more recently in postgraduate education, I certainly wold not mirror the teaching styles of my teachers. If anything they are the reason for me to want to work with supporting learning in higher education now.