4.4 Comparing the teachers
What is evident from the teachers you have listened to so far, is that teaching goes far beyond being an imparter of subject knowledge and despite your geographical location, there is something that those who want to be teachers have in common. Something about the values they share and the job satisfaction they enjoy from being a teacher and working with children. Maybe you noticed similarities in the way that Birgit spoke about teaching compared to Lucy and Pham Thi Vi, or maybe you noticed some key differences.
Listen again to the three teachers talking about their practice, or read the transcripts (or refer back to any notes you have made) and make a small comparative study by completing the table below. It has been started for you.
|Lucy Conde, Peru||Pham Thi Vi, Vietnam||Birgit Giedicke, Germany|
|Number of children in class||Between 34 and 35 students|
|Favourite subject taught||Communication and maths|
|Route into teaching||Graduated from the Superior Institute of Education in Chincha.|
|Purpose of primary education||To establish basic knowledge for secondary school. To nurture moral qualities and develop skills.|
|Parents and the community||Few parents are involved because they work and live a distance away.|
|Other things you noticed||The impact of the earthquake on schooling.|