12,000

We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK

93%

93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > How approaches to teaching are affected by disc...
View graph of relations

« Back

How approaches to teaching are affected by discipline and teaching context

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Journal publication date06/2006
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Journal number3
Volume31
Number of pages14
Pages285-298
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Two related studies are reported in this article. The first aimed to analyse how academic discipline is related to university teachers' approaches to teaching. The second explored the effects of teaching context on approaches to teaching. The participants of the first study were 204 teachers from the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration and 136 teachers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University who returned university teaching inventories. Thus, altogether there were 340 teachers from a variety of disciplines in Finland and the UK. The second study involved only the Finnish sample. The results showed that there was systematic variation in both student- and teacher-focused dimensions of approaches to teaching across disciplines and across teaching contexts. These results confirm the relational nature of teachers' approaches to teaching and illustrate the need, in using inventories such as the Approaches to Teaching Inventory, to be explicit about the context.