a. Identify the objectives of the study.
The objective of the study is to assess the pedagogy and how the instructional triangle consisting of the students, the instructor, and the content develops a dynamic interaction with one another. Also, the reviewed study aims to provide means by which the teacher educator could “explore, innovate, and improve” his or her practice.
c. Define pedagogy. What is your role in this concept?
Merriam-Webster (2008) defines pedagogy as the art and science of being a teacher. My personal understanding of pedagogy based from the article is that pedagogy encompasses all the strategies or styles of instruction which an instructor educator uses in his or her practice. As a student, my role in the concept of pedagogy is to participate and interact in the learning process initiated by my instructor for it is through these interactions where pedagogy takes place.
Pedagogy. (2008). Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved August 13, 2008, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedagogy
f. Is the strategy used by instructor effective in increasing the interns’ socio-cultural awareness? In what way?
Although the strategies used by the instructor such as the community investigation, the use of video based discussions, readings and writing their reflections enabled the interns to raise questions about their personal beliefs and assumptions these strategies however lead the interns only to sympathize with the families instead of really empathizing with them. As said in the article, the interns only offered solutions that still maintained their own status. They were not able to really understand how the society such as the role of the school and education in general (including their own role) could eradicate the inequity in today’s world.
g. How did the socio-cultural backgrounds of the prospective instructors affect their method of instruction design?
The socio-cultural background of a prospective background greatly affects his method of instruction design. A prospective instructor’s background will affect his pedagogy as an educator in the future such as the teaching methods and approaches as well as the way he will assess and evaluate his students.
j. How should cultural diversity affect teaching strategy?
Multicultural education recognizes that schools are essential to laying the foundation for the transformation of society and the elimination of oppression and injustice (Gorski, n.d.). Gorski points out that schools must be active participants in ending oppression of all types, first by ending oppression within their own walls, then by producing socially and critically active and aware students. Teachers on the other hand must be prepared to facilitate learning for every individual student, no matter how culturally similar or different from himself or herself. Therefore, the strategy that will be used by the teacher is really vital in opening the minds and awareness of his or her students about cultural diversity. Awareness now of cultural diversity should then lead to promoting equal opportunities for each student to achieve his or her maximum potential.
Gorski. (n.d.). The Challenge of Defining "Multicultural Education". Retrieved August 13, 2008, from http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/initial.html
k. What is the implication of systematically developing an instructional plan to the concept of equity, as discussed in the study?
Developing an instructional plan should serve as an approach for transforming education that should holistically critique and address the current shortcomings, failings, and discriminatory practices in education. For this reason, the role of the teacher and the school is really vital.