TAE: What’s the difference between a teacher and educator?
Article by: Gary Rose
Rose Training Australia talks the TAE similarities and differences between teacher and educators.
Teachers and educators. They are words used interchangeably by most people, even TAE professionals. Both refer to someone communicating information to you right? Er, well…kind of. In informal situations, yes. But at Rose Training Australia we like to get our TAE facts straight, and that means knowing what means what. Terminology is very important, especially when it comes to training and our Cert IV and Diploma courses. One word used in everyday vernacular may have a completely different connotation in formal situations, like the workplace….and the last thing anyone wants is miscommunication when you are conducting WHS checks or training your colleagues. That’s why in this blog, we are going to look at the differences and similarities between ‘educators’ and ‘teachers’. Didn’t know they were different? Well they are, in pretty unique ways. Read on, and you’ll found out more about these two interesting TAE terms!
But first off, how does our trusty friend the Oxford Dictionary define the words ‘teacher’ and ‘educator’?
- a person who teachers, especially in school
- a person who provides instruction or education
So as you can see, even the Oxford Dictionary has trouble distinguishing between the two terms, or maybe they didn’t have TAE terminology as a high priority at the time (but they should’ve). That’s why, as Dom Cobb said in Inception, we need to go deeper.
Teachers and Educators: Rose Training’s TAE Breakdown
- The term teacher is often associated with the idea of a trainer or preceptor.
- An educator is seen as a ‘mentor’
- Interestingly enough, not all teachers can be called educators. While someone may have a teaching degree it doesn’t necessarily make a person able to ‘educate’ people in a way that will leave a permanent and positive impact on their lives. Remember that horrible high school you had that taught you nothing and looked like they didn’t want to be there at all? Yeah, they were a teacher, but they weren’t an educator. At Rose Training we want our trainers to be teachers that are also educators – people who deliver information that shapes your future for the better.
But don’t fear, teachers can definitely be educators! Think a huge circle called teachers, and then inside that a smaller circle called educators. Thus, all educators are natural teachers but not all teachers are always natural educators! Confusing, but it makes sense when you think about it.
- As such, educators are normally seen by students as the ones that influenced them and made a long term imprint on their educational journeys or even their lives.
According to Dr Ashley Tan:
- Everyone can teach, but only few can educate
- Educators have a focus on development and evaluation, while teachers look mostly at curriculum and assessment
At Rose Training we believe that the roles of teachers and educators (and teachers AS educators) are important. While we need to know the difference between each occupation, we can also learn that they can work together in order to ensure that students get the best possible TAE (or any other Cert IV or Diploma) Education that will equip them with skills in the competitive workforce of Australia and overseas. At the end of the day, we at Rose Training Australia want and have training that is inspirational, long lasting and useful for our students.
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- 13th January 2014 Cert IV TAE
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