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As with teaching, training involves passing on skills, from someone who has already acquired them to someone who hasn't as yet. Training animals is different, as the trainer may not possess the skills himself (or may not want to balance a ball on his nose, nor jump through hoops), but he has the blueprint of the skills he wants the animal to learn. ‘Training’ can imply drilling and repetitive activities, as in training for fitness.

Professional training is to equip the trainee with the skills necessary for a particular profession. Initial teacher training (ITT) may sometimes seem to the trainee to involve drilling and repetition, and perhaps also jumping through hoops. In the past, teaching was seen as an intuitive activity; good teachers were born, ...

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