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Challenges for Teachers in Knowledge Society

This current modern era has dramatically changes as compared to the past few decades. Knowledge society provides that kind of information to the society, which will becomes a treasure to them and that can be used to improve the human conditions. As far as teachers are concerned they have to face so many challenges in knowledge society. Learning challenges within the knowledge society cannot be limited to the technological dimension only. Learning and education are embedded in economic, political, social, emotional and cultural contexts.  Education proves to be a pillar for knowledge society.

A student when enters into an educational institute, he/she have a dream to become a perfect one with a sound database of knowledge with in his heart and brain. So teachers must fulfil a student’s thirst. Teachers must therefore try to make their institute into those learning organizations which will increase the capacities to learn and will helps to boast up their enthusiasm.

In short, teaching for the knowledge economy fosters and thrives on:

  • creativity
  • flexibility
  • problem-solving
  • ingenuity
  • collective intelligence
  • professional trust
  • risk-taking and
  • continuous improvement.

If teachers do not understand the knowledge society, they cannot prepare their students for it. Education is going through new transformations and therefore, it will have to evolve in the direction of new globalizing knowledge society. The teacher must have some basic skills to be a good teacher. Firstly, he or she should have a profound knowledge of his/her subject area and have the skills to teach the students successfully. Since a teacher’s knowledge and skills depend on his/her continuous learning and development, he/she should deal with current research and be aware of general social changes.

 

The following skills could be expected:

  • Managing student learning progression
  • Dealing with student heterogeneity
  • Developing student’s commitment towards their working and learning environment
  • Working in teams
  • Participating in school curriculum and organization development
  • Using new technologies in their daily practice
  • Tackling professional duties and ethical dilemmas
  • Managing their own professional development.

The International Commission on Education for the 21st century led by J. Delors stressed the fact that societies must surpass the tensions among the global and local, universal and individual, modern and traditional, between the expansion of knowledge and the capacity to assimilate them.

From this perspective, Training into using new technologies is important for teachers; teachers should be given enough time to learn how to use technology during the process of teaching and also plan its utilization. Digital technologies are interactive and flexible enough to be used in the teaching process being considered a pusher of competitive advantage. Informational technologies are, on one hand, instruments or tools, and on the other hand social and symbolic activities through which humanity has learned how to express itself.

Teachers must be emotionally, technically, socially strong enough, so that he can provide the values to their students.

A teacher must deal with:

  • social and cultural diversity of students
  • Organizing learning environments and facilitating learning processes
  • Increasing levels of teaching by acting as professionals
  • Acting in a problem solving way
  • Taking the approach of their own professional development in a lifelong learning perspective.
  • Working in teams with teachers and other professionals
  • Motivation to learn beyond compulsory education
  • Learn how to learn in an independent way
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Digital literacy
  • Living according to sustainable lifestyles regarding environmental issues
  • Managing his/her own career development.

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