After having completed Zinn’s Philosophy of Adult Education Inventory Questionnaire, I’m able to glean a bit of insight into my personal beliefs about teaching in a post-secondary institution.
What I found most interesting about taking the questionnaire, was that in certain sections I strongly agreed with all of the statements, even though each statement was clearly dedicated to a different philosophy:
So I figured that my results would probably be fairly balanced and I guess the experience I’ve had as an instructor so far has led me to believe that all learners are different and the best way to teach is through a variety of methods. As it turns out, I’m a progressive behaviorist with strong liberal undertones. The humanistic philosophy wasn’t too far behind, with radicalism bringing up the rear:
As my future focus is leaning pretty heavily towards facilitating an accredited curriculum in a self-directed and self-paced online learning environment, I’m not too surprised by the results.