The role of subject knowledge and motivating and inspiring learners

Smith, Hugh and Smith, Helen (2011) The role of subject knowledge and motivating and inspiring learners. In: TEAN Subject Knowledge Seminar, 14 January 2011, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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1. The nature of subject knowledge - What does having a lot of subject knowledge mean? Considering the notion of 'in-depth' knowledge. How students think about and conceptualise subject knowledge. In Helen's emerging research, 77% of students believed that poor subject knowledge leads to poor classroom management issues, but many E but were concerned about behaviour management.
2. Motivation - Motivating learners requires strong subject knowledge - you can make it accessible, relevant and inspiring. You can probe understandings, challenge misconceptions. Children are more likely to respect you as a teacher - students respect you as a lecturer.
3. Culture of Dumbing Down - Does assessment driving the learning and teaching mean that subject knowledge is dumbed down? We can't teach what is 'too hard' because we won't meet required percentage targets. What does our Education Culture say about what subject knowledge is for? 'Never mind about Assessment for Learning, more like Learning for Assessment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Hugh Smith, University of the West of Scotland and Helen Smith, University of Cumbria.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 15:37
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 10:00
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