ISBN 9781957296050
Pages 398
Dimensions 235 x 190
Published 2023
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

General Pedagogy

A Guide to Effective Teaching

by Martha M. A. Zama, Margaret Nalova Endeley

General Pedagogy: A Guide to Effective Teaching demystifies the scientific art of teaching by providing facts, principles and concrete examples in real life situations such that neither the novice teacher who peruses it will stutter in front of students on the first day of school, nor will the experienced teacher write and execute the same old lesson plans on that day. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see,” is a popular quote attributed to Alexandra K. Trenfor, which aptly summarises the kind of teachers this book intends to produce when used as a teacher training resource. Real teachers facilitate learning; they do not simply tell learners the answers to their questions and concerns. Accordingly, the authors take the readers through well-researched themes in the academic discipline of teaching wherein they present, analyse and discuss pertinent issues. Although they provide useful suggestions for teaching success, the authors encourage teachers to interpret facts, ideas and suggestions presented against the sociocultural contexts of their practice. The materials are presented creatively while adding a personal touch, intended to facilitate effective and efficient learning.
For coherence and better comprehension, the book has been carefully crafted in eighteen chapters lodged in six parts. The first part introduces the reader to the concepts of teaching and teaching effectiveness. The theoretical underpinnings of these concepts are brought out in the second part which paves the way for the third part that describes generic teaching approaches, strategies and methods. Part four and five comprise essential teaching skills and teaching tools for the 21st century while part six wraps up with the transition from teacher training laboratories to classrooms in the real world. The last two chapters intentionally prepare the teacher to overcome challenges of professional work in contemporary African classrooms.

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About the Authors

Martha M. A. Zama

Dr. Martha M. A. Zama obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education/ Zoology and Master of Education in Curriculum and Methodology degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teaching from the University of Buea. After 15 years of secondary school teaching in Nigeria and Cameroon, she moved to the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon serving primarily as a member of the university administration, and an adjunct lecturer in teacher education establishments and departments at the universities of Buea and Bamenda, spanning various periods. For 23 years, she taught courses in Curriculum and Pedagogy at both undergraduate and graduate levels and co-supervised several M. Ed dissertations. Commitment and passion for teaching opened her up to several opportunities as a participant and resource person in local, and national curriculum and teaching workshops, conferences, and commissions. Notably, she served as national vice-president of the scientific committee during the development of the 2018 Cameroon primary school curriculum. She is now retired from administrative duties but continues to work as an independent scholar.

Margaret Nalova Endeley

Margaret Nalova Endeley is an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teaching in the Faculty of Education, University of Buea, Cameroon. Her passion for teaching has paid off with 27 years of a rich teaching career. She has taught across levels, from secondary to Higher Education. She has a diploma in English Modern Letters from the Higher Teacher’s Training College annex in Bambili; a Bachelor’s degree in English Modern Letters from the University of Yaoundé; a Master’s degree and a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teaching from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Her research interest areas include teacher education, pedagogy, inclusive education and more recently peace education. She has published extensively and presently she is Vice dean of Studies and Students’ Affairs in the Faculty of Education. She is a mother of three adult children.