Understanding pedagogical care : a teacher's personal history self-study.
The aim of my study was to better understand the concept of pedagogical care. I believe that, as dedicated teachers, we have an obligation to teach a child as a whole. For this study, however, I have focused specifically on understanding the pedagogical aspects of educational care. I have undertaken a personal history self-study by retracing my own educational journey to better comprehend the effects of pedagogical caring and the consequences of its lack. I used the research methods of artefact retrieval and journal writing to assist me in reconstructing the story of my educational journey. From re-examining my personal history, I became mindful that the teachers who taught me from a young age up to high school were pedagogically caring. It also emerged that my positive approach towards schooling contributed greatly to my learning. The pedagogical role played by my parents was also acknowledged and valued. Moreover, it became apparent that motivation forms a significant part of pedagogical care. This motivation can come from parents and teachers. I realised that children’s learning can be enhanced if they are motivated and given energy to progress with their education. Furthermore, this study showed me that, for teachers to be able to offer pedagogical care to their learners, they too need to keep learning. Lifelong learning equips teachers for teaching children in our changing society. I have also learned that teaching beyond the curriculum is a noteworthy form of pedagogical caring that aids children to profit even more from their schooling and to be better equipped for life beyond school.