Back to: Learning and Teaching – Unit 1
Robert Gagne viewed learning as, “A change in human disposition or capability that persists over a period of time and is not simply ascribable to processes of growth.” It is the acquisition of new knowledge, understanding, skills, and behavior. Clerk asserts, “Teaching refers to activities that are designed and performed to produce in students behavior.” It is the process of teaching or giving instructions to another individual or person.
Relationship between Teaching and Learning
The relationship between teaching and learning is as follows:
The teaching learning process is a goal oriented process. Teaching and learning is concerned with achieving goals.
Learning becomes effective only when teaching is effective. For learning to be good, teaching needs to be good.
Formal or Informal
Both the teaching and learning process can be either formal or informal.
Teaching is a process that can be observed but learning is a process that cannot be observed.
Both teaching and learning requires good communication skills to be effective.
Both teaching and learning requires effective and attentive listening for the process to be successful.
Essential Skills and qualities
Both teaching and learning require skills and qualities such as creativity, attentiveness, discipline, and the like.
Teaching and learning are interconnected. One cannot exist without the other. The teacher needs a learner to impart knowledge and the learner needs a teacher to acquire knowledge.