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Teaching Perspectives

Educators in higher education are encouraged to reflect on their teaching perspectives, that is, the underlying assumptions and values that give direction and justification to their work. Reflection, therefore, must consider not only what teachers do, but the very lens through which they interpret and justify what they do. Educators view their roles, responsibilities, and relationships from different teaching perspectives. This entry provides an overview of the principal teaching perspectives—transmission, apprenticeship, developmental, nurturing, and social reform—and then examines the implications of these perspectives.

Defining Teacher Perspectives

A perspective on teaching is an interrelated set of beliefs and intentions that gives direction and justification to the actions of educators. They may not be aware of their perspective, as it is something they take for granted and look through, ...

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