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ERIC Number: EJ680284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
What Makes a Good Educator? The Relevance of Meta Programmes
Brown, Nigel
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v29 n5 p515-533 Oct 2004
This paper reports the results of a qualitative study which explores the relevance of meta programmes to students' perceptions of teaching quality. Meta programmes are a model of personality preferences from the discipline of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Research into teaching effectiveness indicates that students rate as important "hygiene factors" such as the teacher's "knowledge of the subject" as well as less tangible qualities including "ability to communicate" and "student--teacher rapport." This study reveals the need for similar qualities but, in some cases, presence of these "hygiene factors" was insufficient; students cited other factors related to personality. Some students were found to like the approach of certain teachers whilst other students rated the same teachers less favourably. When questioned as to why, factors emerged that relate to the distinct teaching style adopted by these teachers that appeared to suit particular students and not others. This study suggests that a teacher's meta programmes influence the approaches adopted in their teaching and these styles suit students with matching meta programme preferences. Where students have different meta programme preferences from the teacher, then, even where the "hygiene factors" are met, this leaves the student dissatisfied. There is potential for teachers to adopt teaching approaches more appropriate for the meta programme profiles of their students. Also, on the part of the students, an increased awareness of their meta programme preferences offers the potential to improve their learning experience. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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