Archives for category: Trends and Roles

Web-Conference:

I really enjoyed my web-conference experience with my learning partner Carlene. What I found amazing is how you can live so far away from someone and yet share so very much in common.

Carlene and I are both Early Childhood Care and Educators and have spent the same amount of time (approx..) working in the childcare field. We share the same roles in our places of work and both aspire to be full-time ECCE instructors. What Carlene and I also discovered through our conversations is that we share the same philosophy in regards to early year’s care and education.

For our web-conference, Carlene and I had decided that we would research and discuss learner-centered education. Though we were looking at this topic from an adult education perspective, we quickly realized that we had both put aspects of this theory into practice in our work with children. Personally, I learned a great deal through this interactive conference experience, but I think the major learning that we both took away was how beneficial the learner-centered approach can be when working with adult learners.

Even though the web-conference assignment is now completed, I know that Carlene and I will continue to check-in with each other as we continue on our PIDP journeys.

Trends in Early Childhood Care and Education:

One of the trends I am noticing in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) field in British Columbia is the increase in the availability of on-line ECCE courses/programs. I feel this escalation in accessibility can only serve to benefit students wishing to pursue a certificate or diploma in ECCE, given that on-line learning allows the learner to:

  • Remain in their own communities while they pursue their studies
  • Work at their own pace
  • Engage in an on-line learning community
  • Keep expenses down

Though on-line learning in this field of study has been available for some time, what was available was often costly and the range of options limited. With more colleges offering on-line ECCE programs, the cost tends to be less and the student’s choices of where to access this learning have been increased. With the need for qualified Early Childhood Care and Educators remaining a constant in British Columbia, this growth in availability can only be viewed as a benefit to those who work in the childcare field. This trend is also welcomed by future and current ECCE instructors because as availability grows, so will the need for qualified instructors.

To find out more, and to obtain an up-to-date listing on educational institutes offering on-line ECCE programs, please visit, www.gov.bc/mcf .

New Insights:

 In the December 2012 edition of the Huffington Post on-line journal, a post written by Stephen Downes (2010),  listed and described 23 roles an educator plays (or potentially plays). Though a substantial number, like Downes, I do not think that the list completely captures the vast array of roles an adult educator plays in today’s evolving learning environments.

If asked, it would be no easier to answer the question, “What roles do educators not play?”, due to the fact that an instructor’s role is ever-changing and expanding. In the course of an hour an educator may need to become a coach, facilitator, guide, motivator, historian and techie (to name a few).  The “hat” an instructor wears depends a great deal on who he or she is teaching, what they are teaching, how they are going to teach and where the lesson or experience will be taught. For me, an instructor’s role is or needs to be as multifaceted and as diverse as the adult learners they teach.

Stephen Downes post, The Role of the Educator, can be found at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-downes/the-role-of-the-educator_b_790937.html

 

 

 

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