Teaching is technology

Horatio Speaks

” . . . I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft.” – Hamlet

Long ago, Michael Marland wrote his deservedly famous book, The Craft of the Classroom. True to its title, it is a systematic set of guidelines for new teachers to establish themselves quickly in their vocation. It ought to be standard reading, even now, for all teacher training programmes. (You can read Geoff Barton’s comments on the book and the author here). Defining teaching as a craft is one way of reconciling the ‘art’ and ‘science’ elements of teaching: an aesthetic experience results from the application of acquired skills, and these skills form part of a body of knowledge which is transmitted to new members of the ‘craft’ as they join its ranks.

A related way of thinking about teaching is as a technology. The Oxford Dictionary defines technology as ‘the application of scientific…

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