Can We Define Good Teaching?
by Harry S. Broudy - 1969
Educators, in their sometimes desperate efforts to find models for good teaching, often end with an either/or: technology or aesthetics; didactics or encounter. The author discusses the difficulties of definition and then goes on to break through the either/or. Didactic teaching (after the model of programmed instruction), he says, is the kind of teaching for which outcomes, means, and criteria can be made explicit; and it will be the dominant mode in time to come. Encounter teaching (after the model of the humanely cultivated person) may become possible as teachers are freed by technology; but here neither outcomes, nor means, nor criteria can be specified. The problem, Dr. Broudy, concludes, is "to lure" enough people into the schools to do a kind of teaching which cannot be finally defined.
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