Education includes the nurture of the child and, as it grows, its culture. The latter is firstly negative, consisting of discipline; that is, merely the correcting of faults. Secondly, culture is positive, consisting of instruction and guidance (and thus forming part of education). Guidance means directing the pupil in putting into practice what he has been taught. Hence the difference between a private teacher who merely instructs, and a tutor or governor who guides and directs his pupil. The one trains for school only, the other for life. (Kant 1900: 23-4)”

The above quotation comes from On Pedagogy by Immanuel Kant and is in one of the readings for the EDC3100 group, What is Pedagogy? An article by Mark K. Smith. If you haven’t read it then do so as it relates some of the history of the word pedagogy and is quite interesting. You’ll find it here

This resonates very much with me and my interest in vocational education and training. I am lucky enough to work mainly with young adults that have not worked in a high performance processing plants before so they appreciate the time and effort put in to their development. I have cultivated positive relationships with all the trainees and tradesmen and they appreciate the time taken by me to instruct and guide them in the correct methods to maintain our plant.

More importantly though it is putting into practice what they learn and if they do make mistakes allowing them the opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and discuss it. It is also important to discuss what they did right so they can take something positive out of the situation.

So I suppose as a trainer I can be thought of as a tutor – training someone to give them skills for life.




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