Dr Duncan Cole and Dr Richard Jones
University Graduate College
Cyhoeddwyd 11 Jan 2019 • 40 munud o ddarllen
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What is Demonstrating? Demonstrating is a common term used to describe the role played by PGRs and Researchers in practical and laboratory classes and sometimes also in fieldwork sessions. Demonstrating implies showing somebody how to do something – and in essence this is the case for laboratory demonstrators. They work, proactively and interactively with learners helping them gain practical skills and deeper understanding of their subject.
Demonstrators are facilitators of learning in a practical environment and work to support the course leader in achieving the aims of the class. The role may also involve assessment. Demonstrators are likely to be providing formative assessment, in other words, giving feedback to learners on their skills and practices. This is a really important role – students learn huge amounts from the feedback that they receive and it helps them to develop skills that they can use in the next practical class. In a practical class most of formative feedback will likely be instantaneous and given verbally. Some demonstrators will be asked to summatively grade laboratory write-ups and practical reports too.
Demonstrators also frequently work alongside technicians and allied staff – who are involved in setting up equipment and experimental material in preparation for the class. So, setting up and clearing up the class, may also be part of the role.
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