Revealing teaching conceptions and methods through document elicitation of course syllabi and statements of teaching philosophy

Natascha Trellinger Buswell, Catherine G.P. Berdanier

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Abstract

With poor teaching quality being of concern in higher education in engineering, this Full Research Paper seeks to investigate an interview approach that aims to gain insight into an instructor's teaching methods and conceptions. This interview approach is called document elicitation, a method based on the interviewing approach of photo elicitation. Understanding an instructor's teaching conceptions and methods is useful in gaining insight into how and why people teach. Using document elicitation during an interview with two documents, 1) course syllabi, and 2) statements of teaching philosophy, this paper reports on the generative descriptions of teaching a syllabi and statements of teaching philosophy offer in a document elicitation setting. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve assistant professors of engineering. The analysis focuses on the document elicitation portion of the interviews. Inductive-deductive thematic analysis was used to develop a codebook of teaching conceptions and methods. The paper reports on the teaching conceptions and methods that the participants describe, including active learning techniques, inclusive practices, and challenges. This paper may particularly interest people who conduct interviews for research and/or hiring purposes. Document elicitation as part of a hiring interview seems promising as a way to learn about a candidate's teaching conceptions and methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189611
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2020
Event2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020 - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: Oct 21 2020Oct 24 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2020-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020
CountrySweden
CityUppsala
Period10/21/2010/24/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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