addresses specific aspects of their learning experience. Teachers need to continually assure students throughout the semester that the ratings will be used for productive changes in teaching/ learning process and that there will be no chance of retribution to the students. 2. PROBLEM SOLVING APPROACH It is a method of teaching that assists in developing an awareness and way of thinking about current problems at local, national and international 50
levels rather than simply communicating bodies of knowledge which may not be related to the experience of the learners. It gives more emphasis on seeking about and looking for viable solutions for problems in questions. It is important because in starting from realistic problems it becomes in easier for learners to think. As a teacher, select problems from within the learners’ experience and ability. This can be done by drawing attention to the existence of questions and the body of knowledge about the learners. In order for a teacher to succeed with this approach, he must stimulate the interest and awareness of the learners by use of such examples as jobs, learners’ parents housing or other environmental factors. This method helps to develop the learners’ awareness regarding several questions and deepens the scientific search for answers The method also assists learners to appreciate the events as they are e.g. in business studies, they can understand the working of the environment, appreciate what economic questions are and what the economists think thus taking intelligent interest in the current issues of the topic. The method enables the continuing students as it provides a sounder basis for the subject. Limitations i. Age and experience of the learners particularly for the teacher to be successful ii.Time factor; E.g. if teaching the theory of markets, the learners must acquire the basics of what markets are and how they operate, ask students to collect data on what happens in the market. 3. VISITS/FIELD TRIPS o This involves a group excursion away from the normal education environment for firsthand experience of an historic site or place of special interest o The purpose of field trips is usually observation, non-experimental research and/or the provision of students with experiences outside their routine activities. Field trips are an interactive method of teaching which give students the opportunity to widen their practical and cultural experience by varying their learning environments. o Field trips can also be used as a chance to collect data for later analysis, to generate artwork and stimulate discussions both on site and back in class in tutorials, seminars and workshops. 51
Because business studies is a living subject, its living must extent outside the classroom- For example, in form of factory visits for business studies students and even business organizations for business students e.g. The open markets, wholesaling, accounting firms etc.
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- Fall '19
- Secondary education, Business Education