Jedrek Stepien


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What is the difference between a teacher and a trainer?

I can't figure it out.

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    Oct 9 2012: Could you share the context in which your question arose?

    Often a trainer conveys skills in physical processes and then supervises repetitions. For example, the dog trainer teaches the dog to sit or come by providing the dog with treats as rewards for successful behaviors. Personal trainers at a gym demonstrate uses of equipment and then watch a person repeat them correctly, suggesting adjustments if the person doesn't do it correctly (I think). The processes being conveyed are mechanical.

    Teaching is broader than that. It is not fundamentally about demonstration of essentially rote processes and monitoring of successful execution, though there may be a bit of that.

    In professional settings, sessions these days are sometimes called trainings when people are taught how to do something fairly mechanical, like to use the document camera or some new piece of software.
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      Oct 9 2012: I was fiddling around with a thesaurus and one of the synonyms to the word 'teacher' seems to be 'trainer'. But I can't put my finger on what exactly tells the two professions apart.

      Now, the thing is that we will hardly ever confuse these words in a context; we understand the meaning somehow intuitively, but it seems (to me) awfully difficult to verbalize the difference.

      Thanks Fritzie for your try.
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        Oct 9 2012: I looked up the word etymologies.

        train/trainer comes from the root for "to pull, to draw out," from which comes the original usage "to draw out and manipulate in order to bring to desired form."

        teach/teacher comes from the root that means "to show, to point out."

        This background is consistent with the distinctions I suggested above.
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          Oct 10 2012: Me ... Me ... Me ... call on me teach

          One likes you for your brain .. The other is only interested in your body.

          Just to lighten things up ... LOL