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Transformational Teaching: Theoretical Underpinnings, Basic Principles, and Core Methods

Overview of attention for article published in Educational Psychology Review, July 2012
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Transformational Teaching: Theoretical Underpinnings, Basic Principles, and Core Methods
Published in
Educational Psychology Review, July 2012
DOI 10.1007/s10648-012-9199-6
Pubmed ID

George M. Slavich, Philip G. Zimbardo


Approaches to classroom instruction have evolved considerably over the past 50 years. This progress has been spurred by the development of several learning principles and methods of instruction, including active learning, student-centered learning, collaborative learning, experiential learning, and problem-based learning. In the present paper, we suggest that these seemingly different strategies share important underlying characteristics and can be viewed as complimentary components of a broader approach to classroom instruction called transformational teaching. Transformational teaching involves creating dynamic relationships between teachers, students, and a shared body of knowledge to promote student learning and personal growth. From this perspective, instructors are intellectual coaches who create teams of students who collaborate with each other and with their teacher to master bodies of information. Teachers assume the traditional role of facilitating students' acquisition of key course concepts, but do so while enhancing students' personal development and attitudes toward learning. They accomplish these goals by establishing a shared vision for a course, providing modeling and mastery experiences, challenging and encouraging students, personalizing attention and feedback, creating experiential lessons that transcend the boundaries of the classroom, and promoting ample opportunities for preflection and reflection. We propose that these methods are synergistically related and, when used together, maximize students' potential for intellectual and personal growth.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 3%
United Kingdom 7 2%
Germany 4 1%
Australia 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Malaysia 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
New Zealand 2 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 331 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 77 21%
Student > Master 63 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 43 12%
Researcher 30 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 29 8%
Other 129 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 144 39%
Psychology 48 13%
Unspecified 31 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 27 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 6%
Other 100 27%

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