5c iii). Teacher’s role in a project
In the project work the teacher:
- Helps the learners to identify suitable projects;
- Guides, supervises, advises the learners as they work on the project
- Monitors the progress of the learners
- Makes an evaluation guide for evaluating the project;
- Evaluates the project; and
- Records and keeps safely the record for future use by other groups
Advantages of Project method
This method has the following benefits:
- Preparing the child for life outside of school by acquainting one with real problems of life.
- Promoting a sense of responsibility and cooperation among the learners as they work together to achieve a common goal.
- Treating knowledge as a whole and correlating it avoiding compartmentalizing it into subjects.
- Imparting training to students to inculcate in them independence, tolerance, patience, open-mindedness and resourcefulness. These virtues are essential for good citizenship.
- Training for democratic way of life which is exercised through the choice of areas of interest in the project.
- Upholding the dignity of labor because students learn to work with their own hands.
- Developing important skills in learners, such as observation interviewing, critical thinking and decision making.
- Utilizing the students’ potential to the full because they are encouraged to use and develop their own talents.
- Providing flexibility in learning as the learners learn at their own initiative and pace