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Cover page of the Journal of Health Sciences
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-103

Melioration in teaching: An aptitude or an attitude

1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Seema Hallikerimath
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2349-5006.148809

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Introduction: Teaching is a process that facilitates learning by encouraging learners to think, feel, and do. Teaching-learning mechanism plays an important role in institutions in determining the effectiveness (quality) of the output in health care profession and not the efficiency (quantity) alone. The learning process should never cease, as in the present era of information explosion teachers have to keep themselves updated with the newer trends in science and technology. However, with vast technological aids advancement and material science available to us, we still stand in dilemma at times introspecting as to "How refined is our teaching and is our professional education appropriate to bring about changes effectively and efficiently." Hence, this paper aims at amalgamation of transformations that have taken place in teaching-learning and the effectiveness that is bought about in teaching. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire study is planned in health science institutions mainly medical and dental by using specifically designed validated questionnaire that has both open and close ended questions. Teachers in academics for more than 5 years were included. Results: About 98% of teachers said that they prioritized their teaching according to the learners group. Though oral communication has been the mode of teaching and interacting, 38.9% of them use a combination of different aids while teaching. About 76.1% felt that teaching is what the students should be able to do rather than what the teachers can do. Moreover, 94% of teachers were of the opinion that the traditional role of teachers has changed over the years. Conclusion: Teaching is a skilled professional activity carried out by a complex being (i.e. teacher) for more complex being (i.e. learners) in complex situations (i.e. classrooms, wards, OPD and hence planning is critical irrespective of the number of years and hours that we have put in teaching and the mode by which we are teaching.

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