This test is originally from the WebPages of Dr. Terry Armstrong and used with his permission.
Joyce, Weil, and Calhoun's text, Models of Teaching, provides readers with samples of some of the excellent models available for instructional use, as well as comprehensive overviews of the rich variety of teaching strategies available. In their text instructional methods (models) are categorized into four generic "families," or approaches. Each focuses on the attainment of a different set of outcomes or objectives, each is reflective of a distinctive existing educational philosophy. The four families are:
Weighing the statements below will allow you to determine the combination of the four families you prefer. An analysis of the specific questions will provide you with insight about the compatibility of your beliefs with each of the four families.
Carefully read each statement below. Using this sheet, and the rating contiuum of 0-5 provided below each statement, indicate your agreement or disagreement with the statement made. Check the "0" if the statement is not at all in agreement with your teaching philosophy, or the "5" if it is very much in agreement with your teaching philosophy, or somewhere in between. You may use the statement's sheet to mark if you are completing the survey in your packet, or simply print the sheet and mark it if you are using it off the internet.
After you have read and responded to each statement, use the scoring sheet to tally your answers and determine your four families' philosophy profile. Your higher scores will indicate your areas of preference. Don't try to second guess the responses or read too much into them, just react.
Remember, 0 is no agreement and 5 is strong agreement.