10 Pages

Unit 4

Knowing the subject matter

Throughout the world knowledge is being produced at a phenomenal rate in every conceivable subject. Teachers are the bearers of social genes in our fast-moving society, able to transmit knowledge, skills, values and culture to future generations. In order to carry out this task successfully, particularly when passing on a concept or an idea, their own knowledge of the relevant subject matter must be accurate and correct. There is no point in being a brilliant exponent of the art of explaining and then filling children’s heads with incorrect information and dreary ideas, or equipping them with low-level skills when they and their pupils are capable of achieving something better.