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1 QN. 7 (a). Discuss the importance of mixing both Expository and Heuristic approaches in the teaching of Religious education with special reference to theories of learning. Introduction During the teaching-learning process, the teacher, didactically, must select a method or methods of teaching according to what is to be achieved. Methods can be complemented by others. The teaching method must suit the content as well as the aim of the lesson. However, the personality, talents and ability of the teacher play an important part in the selection of the methods to be used. It is clear that different teaching methods are suited to different situation, subjects, schools and institution, or that a mixture of methods could be best in certain situations. It is reasonable to argue that there is no single way to teach a Religious Education class. There are many approaches of teaching that can be employed to teach one lesson. In this context, mixing of both Expository and Heuristic approaches in the teaching of Religious education is a significant idea. This is because of some reasons, including that incase one approach method fails with one learner, the other may be helpful to another learner in the same lesson. According to Shipley, et al (2006:16), “experience has indicated that the most effective initial teaching includes several methods, all employed during a single lesson or period”. This, however, means that a good knowledge of appropriate methods is therefore very valuable to the teacher. It is due to this factor that we explain the meaning of Expository and Heuristic approaches as discussed below:
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2 Expository approach This is a lecture presentation, either formal or informal, or a telling strategy used during the teaching-learning process. The teacher is in control of presenting the subject matter and directs the learners through the lesson. A rule is presented with an example and then practice is provided. The teacher focuses the students attention on the key points of the subject and may use graphics, diagrams, demonstrations, or narration to elaborate on the subject.
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