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Teaching Perspectives Inventory

Today I started PIDP 3260 Professional Practice at the Broadway campus. My instructor is Joanne Reid who was my instructor for the first course I took in the program, PIDP 3100 Foundations of Adult Education which I took on line. It was nice that she remembered me and the fact that this is my last course before the Capstone it has a nice circular rhythm to it. As part of our homework we had to take the Teaching Perspectives Inventory.  Here are my results and my reflections.

Reflections on my Teaching Perspectives Inventory Results

I learned that taking the Teaching Perspectives Inventory Results should be done by carefully constructing and reflecting on the specific group of learners that you create before taking the questionnaire otherwise you will get a fairly flat profile with a fairly low score out of 45. This I discovered after taking the test the first time without reading the instructions. Upon taking it and focusing on my class of 10-19 students taking my steel fabrication or shipbuilding course I got the following results:

TPI

As much as I believe in the need for social change and reform, and love the work of Friere and Ivan Illyich it is not what I would be doing in my class.

I am glad to see that Nurturing is above the mean as I through my experience mentoring apprentices in the workplace that apprentices learn best when you point out their mistakes in a respectful manner and come up with solutions rather than rancour. Yelling at someone and mocking them for their mistakes might make you feel bigger and feed your ego but it doesn’t contribute to good learning.

Transmission is also above the mean as “Teachers primary responsibilities is to represent the content accurately and efficiently.” To be a good journeyperson means mastering the skill sets and obtaining the knowledge that comes with being a master of the trade. I want to push my students to strive to be the best they can be and constantly strive to improve their skills and knowledge. I have seen how depressing it is when you view your trade as merely a job and a paycheque.

Not surprisingly Apprenticeship scored highest. I believe that in order to be good instructor one has to have been a good tradesperson. If not your students will soon question your authenticity because of your lack of congruence. The people I had the least respect at work are those that have that “do as I say not as I do” attitude. A trades instructor must be the model of what a good tradesperson should be after all the apprentices would worked with a variety of journeypeople have seen a variety of approaches to the trade, not all of them appropriate.

What the TPI does is give you an insight into the lens that you view your teaching. One thing I was happy to see in my results was that my intentions and actions matched if not exceeded my beliefs. Hopefully this means that I will truly develop a teaching practice that I can be proud of because it matches and is true to my core beliefs.

Evaluation of Instruction

Having just spent the previous week in the 3230 course “Evaluation of Learning” it was the word evaluation that caught my eye as I scrolled through the latest daily update from Ken Steele at Academica.

The article talked about the process of student evaluation of instructors and what an important impact it can have on the instructor’s careers.  In the PDIP program we are taught to make the students responsible for their own learning.  In the 3230 course we are told to concentrate on our student’s success in meeting the course objectives.  Their success is the measure of the effectiveness of our instruction.  We were taught to use a formative assessment strategy, using a variety of verifiable and reliable assessment techniques in order to gauge our students’ progress.  At the end of the course students were handed a piece of paper and asked to make a summative evaluation of the instructor.

Anyway it was interesting reading in the Slate article some of the vindictive comments that students make in their evaluations.  I like the idea of having students sign their evaluations and take ownership of their views and attitudes.  This seems to gel well with the philosophy of students taking responsibility for their own learning.