The Indispensable Role of Teachers

teacher-give-chance-to-studentsIn the context of Social Learning Theory, I found this forum discussion initiated by Ryan Michael Oducado very much interesting. He said that learning occurs within a social context. Its goal, though not explicitly stated, is for learners to develop self-regulatory skills. We don’t only learn from live models (teachers) but also from symbolic ones like books, videos and the likes. He further added that Yarbro (1980) proposed that the primary objective of educators is to foster students’ ability to gain knowledge independently and pursue areas of interest in an educational setting with limited teacher assistance. Working on the ultimate goal of achieving self-regulation, the concern now is whether teachers’ role can be viewed dispensable in the arena of learning particularly in the tertiary and graduate level.

Personally, I think of this as a timely issue as I’m presently pursuing my master’s degree. As I’ve replied in the forum, approach to graduate school studies is very different from that of the undergraduate level. I guess many will agree that it’s more of facilitating independence among the learners whereby outlines and modules are given instead of the conventional everyday lecture and supplemental activities. Somehow, self-regulated learning is being developed as we take control of how we are going to learn as graduate level students.

Further, self-regulated learning is defined as an active, constructive process during which learners set goals for their learning and Teacher-readingthen try to monitor, regulate and control their cognition, motivation and behavior. In case of graduate schooling, still there are evaluative parameters being utilized by the teaching personnel that are used to gauge how the students successfully learned the course materials. Though we can devise our ways of evaluating our own progress, still I’ll go for that being made by others. I believe they will be more objective in measuring our learning and understanding. My point here is that self-regulation cannot be completely achieved by an individual as teacher’s role is still there. In addition, Robenille “Rain” Malit said that being self-regulated doesn’t really come as natural for most people and it is an idea that should either be introduced (for adults) or carefully integrated in the learning process (for children). Once self-regulation is grasped, then the environment provided by school becomes very conducive for learning.

teachersWhen it comes to being self-regulated learners, Brenda Rioja shared that there are some motivational processes to “get studying done.” Also, there are instances of metacognitively powered self-regulated learning. In this changing world, the challenge of teaching is to help students develop skills which will not become obsolete. That is why metacognitive strategies are said to be very essential for the twenty-first century learning. They will enable students to successfully cope with new situations. Teachers capitalize on their talents as well as access for a wealth of resources that will create a metacognitive environment which fosters the development of good thinkers who are successful problem-solvers and lifelong learners. This in turn resulted to an agreement with Ryan who then replied that teachers are indispensable. None can replace human interaction.

Finally Lovely Andres added that teachers are still important to simplify concepts. Also, developing self-efficacy in students to Teacher Appreciation Weekmake them self-regulated learners is difficult considering that self-efficacy depends on the mastery of experience, social modeling, social persuasion, and psychological responses. Not all students are made equal so teachers are still in demand. I really agree with this thought that necessitates teachers’ genuine interventions in the classroom settings. Self-regulation can be learned through practice and integration but individual differences must be carefully considered in order to keep the goal of achieving optimum learning opportunities.

 

Reference:

Ryan Michael Oducado. No More Teachers? Retrieved July 7, 2013 from http://myportal.upou.edu.ph/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=52421

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