The following survey contains several things that a teacher of
adults might do in a classroom. You may personally find some of
them desirable and find others undesirable. For each item please
respond to the way you most frequently practice the action
described in the item. Your choices are Always, Almost Always,
Often, Seldom, Almost Never, and Never. If the item does not apply to you,
1. I allow
students to participate in developing the
criteria for evaluating their performance in
2. I use
disciplinary action when it is needed.
3. I allow
older students more time to complete
assignments when they need it.
4. I encourage
students to adopt middle-class values.
5. I help
students diagnose the gaps between their
goals and their present level of
6. I provide
knowledge rather than serve as a resource
7. I stick to
the instructional objectives that I write at
the beginning of a program.
participate in the informal counseling of
9. I use
lecturing as the best method for presenting
my subject material to adult students.
10. I arrange
the classroom so that it is easy for
students to interact.
11. I determine
the educational objectives for each of my
12. I plan
units which differ as widely as possible
from my students' socio-economic
13. I get a
student to motivate himself/herself by
confronting him/her in the presence of
classmates during group discussions.
14. I plan
learning episodes to take into account my
students' prior experiences.
15. I allow
students to participate in making decisions
about the topics that will be covered in
16. I use one
basic teaching method because I have found
that most adults have a similar style of
17. I use
different techniques depending on the
students being taught.
18. I encourage
dialogue among my students.
19. I use
written tests to assess the degree of
academic growth in learning rather than to
indicate new directions for learning.
20. I utilize
the many competencies that most adults
already possess to achieve educational
21. I use what
history has proven that adults need to learn
as my chief criteria for planning learning
22. I accept
errors as a natural part of the learning
23. I have
individual conferences to help students
identify their educational needs.
24. I let each
student work at his/her own rate regardless
of the amount of time it takes him/her to
learn a new concept.
25. I help my
students develop short-range as well as
26. I maintain
a well-disciplined classroom to reduce
interferences to learning.
27. I avoid
discussion of controversial subjects that
involve value judgements.
28. I allow my
students to take periodic breaks during the
29. I use
methods that foster quiet, productive,
30. I use tests
as my chief method of evaluating students.
31. I plan
activities that will encourage each
student's growth from dependence on others
to greater independence.
32. I gear my
instructional objectives to match the
individual abilities and needs of the
33. I avoid
issues that relate to the student's concept
34. I encourage
my students to ask questions about the
nature of their society.
35. I allow a
student's motives for participating in
continuing education to be a major
determinant in the planning of learning
36. I have my
students identify their own problems that
need to be solved.
37. I give all
students in my class the same assignment on
a given topic.
38. I use
materials that were originally designed for
students in elementary and secondary
39. I organize
adult learning episodes according to the
problems that my students encounter in
40. I measure a
student's long-term educational growth by
comparing his/her total achievement in class
to his/her expected performance as measured
by national norms from standardized tests.
41. I encourage
competition among my students.
42. I use
different materials with different students.
43. I help
students relate new learning to their prior
44. I teach
units about problems of everyday living.
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information that you provide us.