The use of video and multimedia in teacher education
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2011 Conference, August 2009, Ghana. It is commonly stated that teaching is a profession and trained teachers are professionals. Hurst and Reding (2000) indicate that the noun ‘professional’ means ‘a person who does something with great skill’. Trained teachers should therefore exhibit great skill in teaching. The authors also indicate that the adjective ‘professional’ means ‘worthy of high standards of a profession’. This means that for teachers to be professional, they need to learn what those high standards are and then strive to meet them. Glaser (1993) took these ideas a step further and stated that “getting the job done, even done well, is good enough for nonprofessionals, but continually improving the way the job is done both for themselves and others, is the hall mark of professionals. This should be an apt description for teachers, because as professionals, we should always be looking for better ways to teach. We need to care about doing the best job of teaching our students and making a difference in their lives.