Teaching Methodologies that Work - Turning Teaching into Learning

Teaching methodologies, if used correctly can enhance a student's learning. It is important that educators choose a variety of methodologies to aid the students in becoming successful in subjects such as the Anatomy and Physiology. Nurses Announcements Archive Article

Teaching Methodologies that Work - Turning Teaching into Learning

Teaching and Learning together jointly perform teaching and learning activities, the outcome of which leads to mutually desired behavioral changes. The vital role of educator is to choose from various teaching methodologies available which include Traditional, Activity-Based, and Computer-Based teaching methodology.

According to Dunn (1995) no single instructional method works for all students. Thus, educators should introduce a variety of teaching strategies that they will be able to accommodate different learning styles. Different strategies yields different outcomes, deciding which teaching method to use, given the wide assortment available is not easy.

A study conducted by Arellano and his colleagues in 2010, sought to examine the test scores in the three methodologies of teaching the Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System and its relationship to the Final Course Grade of the 42 nursing students in a local university in Pasig City.

In this study, the results obtained in the evaluation test given after the experimental teaching show that majority of the respondents under the Traditional and Computer Based teaching methodology scored excellent while in Activity-Based teaching methodology group scored only above average.

Results revealed that the Traditional Methodology being the widely used teaching methodology is considered an effective method in teaching various topics. Moreover, Computer assisted instruction generally encourages student learning thereby increasing test performance at a rate greater than for those without access to such technology. Lastly, in Activity-Based the goal of the learners is focused primarily on winning the game which becomes their top priority and learning as a second consideration.

Whatever the method chosen, it will usually be more effective if it is used in conjunction with other techniques and tools to enhance learning. By using a variety of strategies, the educator can enhance the advantages of all of the techniques. Traditional methodology seems valuable and should be retained, but it should be used skillfully and supplemented with other teaching methodologies for more effective teaching. Activity-Based Teaching Methodology can be placed anywhere in the sequence of a learning activity, making sure that it should be exciting and challenging enough to stimulate leaner interest but not as difficult or competitive as to result in frustration and inability to succeed.

Finally, Computer-Based Teaching methodology since it adds variety to learning experience, the widespread availability of graphics software make it easy to enhance presentation, but should follow some general guidelines and should consider the learners for their literacy level.

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Specializes in Oncology&Homecare.

I guess what you have said very academically is that teaching is an art. The educator must be skillful in employing every methodology available to him. One thing you left out was passion. The best teachers have it in spades and it serves to motivate, inspire and enlighten their students. With passion learning becomes fun and almost effortless.:twocents:

Specializes in cardiac, ICU, education.

I would add it is important to understand your students. What type of learning style did these students have? Where they active or reflective, global or sequential. It is amazing that we have a plethora of learning style measurement tools out there and fail to use them because it "takes too much time" when it can be an extremely useful piece of information about students, what teaching methods work best for those students, and furthermore, how to assign them into groups by learning style to help them advance academically.

So, how could I make studying chemistry (at home) more exciting?