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5.6.1 Teaching philosophies and personal pedagogies

Welcome to chapter 6 of the 'Best practice in teaching' module. In the final chapter, the topic up for discussion is one which we hope will tie together many of the threads we've examined in this module (and over the course as a whole). We've examined the perspectives of different theorists, key concepts as they relate to education as a whole, and the ways in which you can ensure you're striving to be the best teacher you can be: here, we discuss the importance of having a personal 'teaching philosophy' which underpins everything you believe about teaching.

Goals for this section

  • To understand the notion of a personal teaching philosophy and the reasons why having one can help shape practice.

Objectives for this section

  • To be able to explain what a 'teaching philosophy' is.
  • To identify the ways in which a teacher can identify, articulate and develop their teaching philosophy.
  • To critically analyse the effect of key factors (legislation, policy, theory, etc.) on the shaping and maintenance of a teaching philosophy.

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