6a iv). Analyze the position of teaching and teacher education in our society today?
In this section, we shall also discuss the origin of professional teachers. Finally we shall examine some of the important qualities which are expected of a good teacher. These qualities are not exhaustive, you can think of your own experience as a teacher, and what the public may accept as good and bad qualities of certain teachers in our schools.
The terms teacher and teaching have been with us for a very long time. We have used them to refer to specialized activities in our societies. Generally, all societies, including yours, refer to teaching when they mean the process of providing information, knowledge or skills to others. “Teacher” then strictly refers to the person who is involved in the process of providing information, knowledge or skills to other people etc.
Who then is a teacher?
Anybody who can facilitate learning or directly provide knowledge or required skills is a teacher. For instance, a carpenter teaching his own son how to use a hammer and saw is a teacher; a house mother who instructs her daughter how to prepare a fish-dish or ugali or cleaning the house, is a teacher, a herbalist who trains his son on the use of certain herbs found in the forest and how to identify those that contain medicinal value is a teacher. Our ancestors used informal teaching to passover skills and knowledge that were essential to our society. Many of the roles of informal teaching have been taken over by schools. The modern professional teachers are found in schools and other related institutions.