The aim of this book is to help you identify any aspects of your teaching that are not working as well as they might and to do something about them.
The book is geared primarily to those who teach in the post-compulsory field, whether in schools or colleges, further or higher education, or in the various forms of adult, continuing education. Much of it is relevant to teaching students of 14+ as well, although if you work with this age group you may need to adapt some of it in your own mind in order to relate what is said to your situation. Because of the growing overlap between education and training, there are some references to the latter as well.
Trouble-shooting in teaching is not as straightforward or neat a matter as it is in a technical setting. We are not talking about car engines or software systems here, but about a human activity with all the subtleties and differences of experience and perception that this brings. However, technical repair work is still a useful metaphor because it implies the need to pinpoint or pin down the source of a problem in what is a complex, interactive whole. Often in teaching-as elsewhere-we get the sense that things are not going as well as they should, but find it difficult to identify the precise locus or cause of the problem. Teaching is a many-faceted activity, involving not only the interplay of structures, resources and activities within a prescribed time frame, but a wide range of actors or players: students, teachers, managers and support staff, not to mention external stakeholders such as parents, employers, communities, public agencies and ultimately government. Faced with that heaving mass of complexity, we can find it hard to know where to look for the origin of problems.
This book should help you to do just that. It takes you step by step through a series of diagnostic questions, related first to the class or session, then to the course or programme, and finally to the wider management of teaching. In many cases, you will be able to give a positive answer to the initial