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Used as an alternative word for ‘teacher’, particularly in the context of adult and community education, where the emphasis is upon facilitative rather than didactic teaching. The relationship implied between educator and learner (or ‘educatee’) is a more equal or egalitarian one than that between teacher and pupil; and one through which both parties expect to learn and to develop their understanding. This is particularly the case where education is aimed at bringing about economic change or social justice, as, for example, in the work of Paulo Freire. The term may also be used in order to distinguish the concept of a teacher as one who encourages individual development and a spirit of enquiry from that of one who delivers standardized training or a prescribed curriculum in line with the objectivist model of teaching. Thus, an educator has come to mean more than simply a transmitter of knowledge or skills.

Subjects: Education.

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