About Teaching Philosophies

This is a free digital resource designed to help you write a teaching philosophy statement. This resource was developed by the Directors of Teaching Advantage Global, Abby Cathcart, Dominique Greer and Larry Neale, QUT. The digital resource was adapted from research and associated resources by Beatty, Leigh and Lund Dean (2009).

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About Teaching Philosophies

What is a teaching philosophy statement (TPS)?

Developing a teaching philosophy statement (TPS) is a way of articulating your approach to learning and teaching by describing, analysing and justifying your methods and goals. At its simplest, a TPS is “a written statement of why teachers do what they do—their beliefs and theories about teaching, about students and about learning, all of which underpin what and how they teach” (Fitzmaurice and Coughlan, 2007). A key part of developing a TPS is drawing on the scholarship of learning and teaching to reflect more meaningfully on your own practice (O’Neal et al., 2007).

 

Why should I develop a teaching philosophy statement?

  • Articulating your teaching philosophy is a way of reflecting on and developing your practice so that you become more effective in supporting student learning.
  • Writing your teaching philosophy can help expose gaps between your beliefs and your practice (Medina and Draugalis, 2013).
  • A teaching philosophy can be used as a framing device for developing your teaching portfolio (O’Farrell, 2007).
  • You are likely to be asked to articulate your teaching philosophy in academic job applications and interviews. Research reveals that more than half of academic job applicants in the United States were asked to submit a statement of teaching philosophy (Kearns and Sullivan, 2011).
  • Some academics have never thought about developing a teaching philosophy and are unable to articulate their teaching goals (Schussler et al., 2011). By creating a TPS, you will be build your capacity to develop a career in which teaching will play a major role (Eierman, 2008).