The concept of teaching.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis surveys the recent development of the study of the concept of 'teaching' with 'learning'. The writer then presents an original analysis which gets over some of the difficulties found in the earlier analyses. This analysis takes a certain subset of the situations we commonly include as teaching and defines them behaviourally using the ethological concept of 'goal-corrected behaviour'. It is argued that it is not possible to construct a definition of 'teaching' which will have the same application as our ordinary concept but not its vagueness and this new analysis is not proposed to replace all those analyses which have gone before, nor to refine our ordinary language concept. Its value would be to specialists involved in the practice and study of teaching whose concern is with the role of teacher behaviour in student learning.