I have heard many times the word epistemology but I never really made an effort to learn and know what the meaning of the word, reason is do I need to know the word? Can I use it in my current work? And I told myself “never mind” because its not relevant at all. But then again the cruel faith of meeting epistemology again 😦 I would characterized my epistemological beliefs are all base on my experiences as an individual, the way I learn and how I learned and for me this epistemological beliefs that I have is more on facilitating than inhibiting because it is more on situational. According to Tony Bates (2014) Our underlying beliefs and values, usually shared by other experts in a subject domain, shape our approach to teaching. These underlying beliefs and values are often implicit and are often not directly shared with our students, even though they are seen as essential components of becoming an ‘expert’ in a particular subject domain.
As Peter(1979) pointed out that an educated man needs more than just the acquisition of knowledge ‘how’ and ‘that’. He must have a body of knowledge with the required level of conceptual scheme that will help him raise his knowledge above the level of an assemblage of disjointed facts and insights. As we have learned in module 5 and 6 that we learn through person who is a more knowledgeable other or MKO and through their guidance we acquire more knowledge and through the use of checklist or identifying the strength and weaknesses or areas of improvement we will know what is lacking and what needs to be change. We need to remember that teaching is a complex profession and we need to be aware of different types of knowledge and their importance to our students in order to provide the full contents to our students.
We have our existing belief and we have also the knowledge that we have acquired throughout our life learning and it affects how we impart knowledge to our students because when we teach we also bring a long with us our cultural beliefs ranging from religious to political beliefs but as an educator who teach students we need to be smart to know the truth and what to believe as this also has a big factor in the life of our student learner.