What Kind of Instructor Are You?
What does this mean for your use of evidence-based teaching methods? Using Max Weber’s theory of ideal types, teaching methods have been classified into two pairs of opposing preferences: highly preplanned vs. highly emergent and focused on the individual vs. focused on the class as a whole.
What type of teacher are you?
If you've taken the teacher type survey, click on your result below to learn more about your teaching personality.
How were these four teaching personalities identified?
These teaching personality types were developed from a case-study of 18 STEM professors that analyzed their use of formative assessment techniques. Formative assessment was broken down into the four essential components listed below: clear learning goals, measurement, feedback, and adjustment. After following 18 different professors for one semester, sitting in on at least three class periods, collecting artifacts such as graded student work, interviewing each faculty member after each classroom observation and identifying their use of formative assessment techniques, two preference continuums were seen: highly pre-planned vs highly emergent and focused on individuals vs focused on the class as a whole.
The original study by Kuiper et al. can be found here:
Kuiper, P., VanOeffelen, R., Veldkamp, S., Bokma, I., Breems, L., & Fynewever, H. (2015). Formative assessment and the intuitive incorporation of research-based instruction techniques. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 26(2), 125-157. Read it online.
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