Written by : Haliza Idris
“If I tell you one thing, if you learn it by yourself, if you have to get down and dig for it, it never leaves you. It stays here as long as you live because you have to dig it out of the mud before you learned it.” (Norton in Wigginton, 1986, Introduction)
How do we want to distinguish between teaching and educating? Perhaps both of these terms seem to have the same meaning but in reality it is different in terms of implementation. Teaching is imparting knowledge according to the syllabus that has been set. While educating means made in earnest and put the interests of the teaching work. Teaching session is defined as a way to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed by both. Teaching activity can also occur in any of the circumstances formal or informal.
The session will educate students to be actively involved because it is accompanied by hands- on activities to develop students’ attitudes and understanding. It’s about being active, not passive. There are several methods of teaching and learning can be associated with the method of educating especially early childhood education in Malaysia. Among them are constructive methods that have been reviewed by Pestalozzi and Dewey . Dewey once said that the process of integration included seeking, finding, using, organizing, digesting and assimilating information. This clearly shows the need to educate a teacher put all the efforts that are successful in teaching sessions.
Image 2 : William Arthur’s Quote
Educating contained teaching activities. Educating process also need the educators to form their own positive qualities in term of mental, moral and aesthetic. It requires educators to have the characteristics of a high character. The properties are valued together will be able to shape the attitudes of children who are educated and will have more effect on the psyche of children , especially in the system of early childhood education in Malaysia ; not just a science and technology .
Therefore, if we understood between the teaching and educational activities, educational process is a more in-depth and weight to be carried out against the teaching. But both of these activities remained affected the students either in terms of intellectual, spiritual or both.