The other day there was an interesting debate on teachers and trainers on UNESCO - UNEVOC online discussion forum. My opinion is that 'training is an act of teaching', provided teaching is both the facilitation of learning and its application.
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People normally think teaching and training are entirely different. This happens because, in our perception, we limit the scope of teaching as just knowledge delivery. But the fact is that any effective teaching is a facilitation of knowledge acquisition and its application. We cannot do half of it and say it is done. Similarly, on the other hand, all the effective training programmes happen with the support of teaching the why element, the basic principles, sciences and procedures etc. The application part comes only thereafter. Normally, in the training context, people highlight only the application part. Still learning facilitation happens in a stronger way and that is how the application part becomes effective. Said that, through deep analysis, we can see all good teachers are good trainers and good trainers are good teachers as well. Looking back to our school days we can realize that good language teachers improved our communication skills, good social science teachers improved our social behavior, good math teachers improved our analytical and problem solving skills and so on...