by Steven Mintz, Director, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center Columbia University:
In recent years, a model of higher education that emphasized the transmission of knowledge and skills has given way to a new paradigm, which shifts the focus from the instructor and toward the student. This is a shift from transactional to transformative teaching.Didactic, philetic, evocative, heuristic --- killer list!
In transactional teaching, an instructor conveys information and students are expected to assimilate and synthesize new knowledge on their own.
Transformational teaching, in contrast, is much more self-conscious about its objectives and methods. It adopts a learner-centered rather than an instructor-centered approach...It gives students assignments that they find meaningful, involving case studies, real-world data and problems, research and inquiry, and encourages them to public display their findings.
Teaching can be didactic, emphasizing the transfer of information. It can be philetic, in which the teacher serves as role model and mentor. It can be evocative, assisting students in discovering the personal meaning of a topic or text, rather than seeking some larger truth. Then there is heuristic teaching, which engages students in a process of inquiry and discovery to help them develop the habits of a particular discipline.
But...is that it?
Only four kinds of "teaching"?
Aren't there others?
Other kinds of teaching, like .... off the top of my head ... irresponsible.
Irresponsible teaching. That's one, definitely.
Or unaccountable. That's another.
Irresponsible .... unaccountable .... ineffective ..... oppressive .... depressive ..... unsound .... unhinged .... harebrained....
I could go on.