IS IT ADVISABLE TO LEAVE TRADITIONAL TEACHING?
Universidad Miguel Hernandez (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The quality of a country’s educational system is not only an indicator of its current levels of development and social wellbeing, but also that of its future. It is not surprising that providing a universal education which is capable of stimulating the integral development of children and adolescents is also a strategic objective of great importance in the most advanced nations. Nowadays, students are helped to learn by lots of new technologies, electronic instructional and communication technologies that are seen as engines for institutional reforms and powerful agents for the development of distance education programs. Moreover, nowadays lots of pedagogues, psychologists, teachers and politicians are worried about the level of culture of the young people. Despite all these efforts, the rate of school (or university) failure is higher and higher every year and the level of our students are each time lower. This is the main point for reflection and our research team has investigated which advantages had the traditional teaching that it is necessary rescue and preserve in our docent practice. Traditional education or back-to-basics refers to long-established customs found in schools that society has traditionally deemed appropriate. Some forms of education reform promote the adoption of progressive education practices, a more holistic approach which focuses on individual students' needs and self-expression. In the eyes of reformers, traditional teacher-centered methods focused on rote learning and memorization must be abandoned in favor of student-centered and task-based approaches to learning. However, many parents and conservative citizens are concerned with the maintenance of objective educational standards based on testing, which favors a more traditional approach.
This paper reflects about the traditional teaching tools. So, the same lesson has been imparted using the traditional blackboard or power point projections. At the end of the class a test was answered by students in order to investigate which of the two approaches were more successful.
Keywords: Traditional learning.