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ERIC Number: EJ817225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Integrating Teacher Behaviors with Character Strengths and Virtues for Faculty Development
McGovern, Thomas V.; Miller, Samantha Leigh
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n4 p278-285 Oct 2008
We describe a model for new and senior faculty members, integrating a behavioral approach to enhancing teaching skills with research from the field of positive psychology on virtues and character strengths. The Teacher Behaviors Checklist (Keeley, Smith, & Buskist, 2006) identifies target behaviors amenable to modification, derived from qualitative descriptors associated with teaching exemplars. The Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (Peterson, Park, & Seligman, 2005) is a self-assessment instrument that yields priority rankings on 24 character strengths and 6 trait-like virtues identified from multidisciplinary and multicultural literature. Used together, the feedback from both instruments offers well-researched stimuli for faculty to be more reflective and deliberate about their teaching and learning strategies. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A