How to Teach without Instructing

29 Smart Rules for Educators

By (author) Rolf Arnold

Publication date:

09 June 2015

Length of book:

194 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781475817751

“Teaching” and “learning” are two interrelated terms used to express our thinking about a major aspect of human development. However, didactics developed into an art, the “art” of teaching, while the processes of learning were neglected and not researched. Nowadays, many people perceive “learning” as an undesirable activity. The experience of learning is thought of as something expected of them from the outside and it is often remembered as stressful, a pressure to perform, a fear of failure, and alienation. But there are also some enriching experiences such as the joy of discovery, to ultimately achieve after many attempts something that you could not do previously, or to see a situation in a new light.

How to Teach Without Instructing relinks teaching and learning. It examines the teaching practices in institutions of learning and formulates “rules” that assist teachers in their efforts to focus their teaching on the learner. The rules are based on situations that are routinely encountered in the teaching environment.
This is a thought-provoking book written by Rolf Arnold, a German professor of adult education…. I would recommend this book, particularly as a course text for teacher training. What stands out in this book is Arnold’s passion for wanting to assist educators to move away from traditional instructive practice. When read carefully this book has a powerful capacity to encourage teachers to reflect on their teaching practice, and thus this book is also particularly useful to help teaching practitioners understand why and how they should move away from traditional instruction. I would also therefore recommend this book for all educators who are actively seeking to improve their teaching competencies. Finally, the LENA learning model framework is of significant importance in this book and provides an excellent comparison to other internationally recognized models.