Ethel Van Zanten Tucson,, Arizona, USA
Chapter 5-Specialized Knowledge
What is specialized Knowledge? Most people think that knowledge comes from attending school for a certain amount of years and they have been led to believe that because they have achieved this task they don't need any other knowledge.
Mr. Hill has challenges this kind of thinking in this chapter. He has set forth the fact that knowledge is something to be proud of only when the knowledge acquired is being used by the student. Many students have completed school with high honors because they have been given high grades in the subjects they have studied. When challenged with being able to use that knowledge in a profession that they have chosen for their career, they fall short. It is usually the people that have had the practice necessary and have been required to use the knowledge that become successful.
I think back about my training as a teacher. I had to take many courses called education courses about child development, philosophy of education, literature of different times in history and many educational theory courses. These courses were interesting but when I think of what II learned as far as knowing how, and what to teach a child in school I needed the knowledge of a fellow teacher who had been teaching this subject for a time. I also needed to know what to do when a child did not understand what i was trying to teach him. Talking with other teachers helped me to learn techniques that helped the child understand.
We need other teachers to consult with to learn ways of presenting a subject so that all the students know and understand. By working as a team, consulting on specific challenges, and using the imagination a teacher learns how to help all students. A learning attitude is what is necessary when acquiring specialized knowledge.
Ethel Van Zanten