Teaching Styles

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Teachers have different teaching styles, depending on their philosophy of teaching and the context in which they teach. These styles may be categorised as teacher-centred or learner-centred. Billie Hara (2009) discusses the meaning of these terms in the article: Teacher-Centered vs. Student-Centered Pedagogy.

However, it is not as simple as this. Eric Gill (2013) describes several different styles of teaching in the article: What is Your Teaching Style? 5 Effective Teaching Methods for Your Classroom. They include:

  • Authority, or lecture style
  • Demonstrator, or coach style
  • Facilitator, or activity style
  • Developer, or group style
  • Hybrid, or blended style.

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After reading this information about teaching styles, can you describe your teaching style?

To help clarify your style, you are asked to take the Teaching Perspective Inventory (TPI), developed and tested by Dan Pratt and John Collins in the 90s. Their resource: Summary of five perspectives on good teaching will help you to interpret your score.