Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
New Engineering Educators
The purpose of this paper is to develop a method of self-assessment for college and university instructors using Lowman’s Two Dimensional Model of Effective College Teaching. The paper provides assessment examples using teachers portrayed in contemporary movies and television. Lowman’s model provides a simple framework that college teachers can use to improve their teaching. This model includes 1) intellectual excitement – the ability to present clearly and stimulate emotional impact related to intellectual activity, and 2) interpersonal rapport – communicating with students in a way that increases motivation, enjoyment, and independent learning (Lowman, 1995). Instructors with an understanding of this model are able to evaluate their individual level of intellectual excitement and interpersonal rapport. This analysis will use Lowman’s proposed descriptors in addition to stratification of levels to categorize contemporary examples. A previous paper (Estes and Welch, 2006) provided an initial assessment of several famous television and movie teachers, such as John Keating, played by Robin Williams, in Dead Poet’s Society. However, the examples in this previous paper are becoming dated, and an updated paper with more contemporary examples would be useful for faculty attempting to better understand and apply Lowman’s model. A rubric is provided to allow instructors to self-assess their teaching on each component of Lowman’s model. This paper will improve educators understanding of Lowman’s two dimensional model of teaching by exploring and rating widely known teachers from contemporary movies and television, expanding on previous work for a wider audience and providing tools to ease implementation. Characters included in this project include Hogwarts professors, Yoda and Obi Wan from the Star Wars series, teachers from recent animated films, including Kung Fu Panda and Monsters University, Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory, and others.
Estes, A. and Welch, R. (2006) Lowman’s model goes to the movies. ASEE Annual Conference, Paper #1134. Lowman, J. (1995). Mastering the techniques of teaching. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.
Farnsworth, C. B., & Retherford, J., & Saftner, D. A. (2018, June), Lowman’s Model Goes Back to the Movies Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30778
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