Innovative teaching methods and traditional system
The popularity of new methods
The practice of the overwhelming majority of modern schools and other educational institutions today often includes the statement that innovative teaching methods are used that will help achieve unprecedented success and speed in mastering the knowledge and skills of interest. Such statements have become more popular than ever, turning into a criterion of quality and advertising sign.
Different understanding of techniques
At the same time, such formulations are often interpreted incorrectly, reducing innovative methods of teaching at school, for example, only to the use of technological innovations. Of course, in our age, a variety of computer presentations and testing programs are extremely important. However, it should be borne in mind that innovative teaching methods are a complex of original programs containing pedagogical techniques aimed at the optimal development of mental abilities or practical skills of students.The simplest examples are how the preparation of preschool and primary school children often uses game elements in learning, based on the opinion that the fascination of the process will contribute to better memorization and inculcate the student in the hunt for classes. And in advertising posters of numerous language schools you can regularly meet statements that only here you will find innovative teaching methods built on constant conversational practice and modeling of everyday situations.
History of Innovation
By the way, such pedagogical techniques are not at all new to the last 10–15 years, they have existed since the formation of the first pedagogical schools and attempts to systematize the accumulated experience. For example, some Soviet historians have expressed disagreement with the popular opinion that history does not tolerate the subjunctive mood and there is no point in discussing the unfortunate. On the contrary, they insisted that in the pedagogical process this is extremely important, since it does not just make the student think abstractly, but also puts the teacher in the same conditions as the student.Asking the question of what would happen to Russia, without having come through the October Revolution, the teacher himself does not know a definite answer and is not aimed at getting prepared, the only true answers from the student. Such methods, extending to other disciplines, became known as problematic. Innovative teaching methods at the university are also used, especially for economic and diplomatic areas, where the problems to be solved are often too complex and do not have unambiguous solutions, but require collective discussion and the search for arguments.
Conflict with the traditional learning system
It should also be understood that innovative teaching methods, despite demonstrative success in certain groups of students or specific disciplines, can not always be transferred to the broad masses of traditional education, primarily because of their pinpoint orientation (in mass reproduction, they would have lost their entire efficiency). The key to a successful result is just local innovation in the traditional system of education.