Does Teaching - whether that be in a formal sense or informal sense (like a mum trying desperately to keep up with ICT to stay ahead and navigate the world for the four kidlets following closely on her heels) - need to be less about the 'expert' and more about the 'collaborator'. Do I need to be an 'expert' in all these different ICT capabilities in order to be a good teacher? I guess this is what I took out of the paper by Jawitz (2009). Academics are still truly a product of the industrial era of teaching, where now, in a knowledge era everyone has access to Google and can instantaneously find the information and be their own expert. To be an Academic in the knowledge era, do I remain an expert or do I evolve into something less formal?
Warner (2006, as cited in Whitby, 2007), identifies key 'knowledge era skills' for effective teaching;
- negotiation to arrive at shared expectations
- engagement management
- creating and managing knowledge
- self-awareness and self-evaluation
- self management and self directed learning
I'd be interested in others thoughts :)
Reference: Whitby, G. B. (2007). Pedagogies for the 21st century: having the courage to see freshly. Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Strawberry Hills, NSW.