MICROTEACHING: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF PUPIL TEACHERS IN RELATION TO THEIR GENDER
Dr. Nidhi Shukla
Teacher education refers to the policies and procedures designed to equip pupil teachers with the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and skills they require to perform their tasks effectively in transfer of learning. The quality of education is directly related to the quality of the teachers. Thus, teacher education is a multidimensional activity that encompasses various aspects of a teacher’s life and work. Teaching is a social act of influencing pupils by the act of the teacher that leads to learning. Microteaching can be used for recording the class interaction and the behaviours of the pupil teachers vividly and accurately that leads to the development of a systematic and accurate method of giving feedback. In order to achieve educational effectiveness it is important for the teachers to adopt an effective teaching method and various teaching skill that suits the individual learning style. A comparative study was carried out to know measure of skill development among male and female pupil teachers. It was an experimental research which shows the degree of skill development among pupil teachers. The findings of the study show that the male pupil teachers were found to be better in the teaching skill, “Introducing the Lesson” in comparison to their female counterpart. Female pupil teachers were found to be better in Skill of probing questioning. Both the group of pupil teachers indicated equal performance in the teaching skill, “Skill of illustrating with examples”. Male pupil teachers were found to be better in the teaching skill, “Skill of stimulus variation” and “Pupil Reinforcement”. Thus, it is concluded that the male pupil teachers were more skilled in pupil reinforcement in comparison to their female counterpart.
KEY WORDS: Microteaching, Teaching, Teaching skills, faculty members