Belief in the value of teaching is the greatest predictor of best teaching practices: study

March 23, 2018

“Simply put, faculty who teach because they enjoy and value it tend to teach in the most effective ways,” says Robert Stupnisky, the lead author on a recent study investigating how teachers’ motives impact the quality of their work. The study found that other forms of motivation, such as such as seeking external rewards; satisfying self-esteem; or avoiding shame, guilt, or punishment have little to no relationship with best teaching practices. The study concludes with a recommendation that institutional efforts to improve teaching should focus on nurturing faculty members’ belief in the intrinsic importance of teaching. Inside Higher Ed