Evaluation: is it the cane that guides or the dog that guards?

Durairajan, Geetha (2012) Evaluation: is it the cane that guides or the dog that guards? Language and Language Teaching, 1 (2). pp. 4-7. ISSN 2277-307X

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All of us as living beings teach someone something at some time in our lives. Caregivers and parents do this much more than others. They teach children to tie shoelaces, plait hair, tie ribbons, make tea/coffee, answer the door bell, eat without spilling, etc.; an adult may teach another adult how to cook, sew, knit, or drive a car. The list is endless. This, as Gardner (1999) beautifully described it, is an education that took place long before there were formal institutions called schools. If we think about the nature of such teaching, we realize that there are no lesson plans or lectures. Teaching is implicit, either by example, or a simple “Come, I will show you what to do”. Examples are provided, but the example (and by implication the teaching) differs from person to person; teaching is finetuned, calibrated and individualized. This ‘individualization’, needs an implicit ‘evaluation’.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Durairajan, Geetha
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Reading and writing, Language teaching, Language learning
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/1061
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