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The Sub-Roles of Teachers (Eric Hoyle)

'The teacher has two basic sets of roles to fulfil. One set corresponds with the major functions of instruction, socialisation, and evaluation. The second set is concerned with motivating pupils, maintaining control, and generally creating an environment for learning.'

 The Role of the Teacher (Hoyle p.62/63)

"...the successful teacher will be highly adaptable in his behaviour. The skilful teacher can play the role of comedian, kindly uncle, confidante, or any other informal role, but yet retain the capacity to return with ease to a more detached role when necessary without losing the goodwill of his pupils. A less accomplished teacher may play his informal roles successfully, but then have difficulty in reasserting his authority and lose the goodwill which he has generated by becoming aggressive in his struggle to retain control.... We might say that the successful teacher is one who:

a) has the skill to form accurate perceptions of the classroom situation and the changes which occur within this situation,

b) is aware of the teacher roles which are appropriate to different situations

c) possesses the personality skills which allow him to adapt to changing situations.

E. Hoyle: The Role of the Teacher, London 1969


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