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The Difference Between A Lecturer And A Teacher - ETCSINES

The Difference Between A Lecturer And A Teacher - ETCSINES

Have you ever been to driving school? How do they train drivers? It doesn’t just end at giving the driving students the rudimental process of driving and that’s all. No, it is a conscious effort of training, where the instructor gives the students the practical experience by sitting beside them as they drive by the instructor’s instructions.

Many questions have arisen such as, what makes a lecturer different from a teacher? And vice versa; are lecturers also teachers? What do they do differently? What is the role of a teacher and lecturer, are they the same? There are misconceptions that need to be dealt with because they affect Nigeria’s educational system so severely.

Basically, what distinguish a teacher from a lecturer are the learning institution where they work and their academic qualification. A teacher is a person who teaches in the primary or secondary schools, while a lecturer teaches in the post-secondary schools (a university/polytechnic teacher). The fact is that both of them are equally involved in teaching. It is just the learning environment and academic standard that differ. Since lecturers teach in institutions of advanced learning, they are required to have a higher academic qualification – Master or Doctorate. 

The error is that some lectures believe that their role is to give the students the peripheral knowledge, and leave the students with the responsibility of getting the rest on their own. There is a conflict of roles. According to the appropriate educational and academic standards, both teachers and lecturers ought to teach. It is now the system of teaching and the learning institution that should differ.
When a baby is born they feed on breast milk for six to eight months. Then, the milk is withdrawn, and they are fed with semi-solid food. When they are matured they are then fed with solid food. The same principle applies in education. Students learn the most basic principles of education in primary school. In secondary school, they are introduced to subjects that will serve as bases for their career fields. When they get to the higher institution of learning, they are taught the advanced principles of that field.

Therefore, teaching is an indispensable process at all levels of education. In other words, teaching does not just stop at the secondary level; it continues. It is only the systems of teaching that change.    
By Daniel Owa-George

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