A personal teaching philosophy is an essential and active element of a teacher. Acquiring a philosophy is powerful, in that it directs and guides a teacher’s teaching practices in the classroom as well as how they perceive teaching and learning and the students around them. This paper aims to discuss the importance of developing and reflecting on a personal teaching philosophy as a pre-service teacher, with a particular emphasis on the process of its development and its usefulness as a tool for developing pedagogy. The development of a personal teaching philosophy will be explored through a discussion on best practice and reflection, with insights into the procedural differences for undergraduate and Graduate Diploma of Education teaching philosophy development. The paper will also explore the university’s role and challenges in assisting pre-service teachers to develop a personal teaching philosophy.
Recommended CitationSoccorsi, Lena, Instilling a personal teaching philosophy in pre-service teachers: Vitally important but not always easy to achieve, Journal of Student Engagement: Education Matters, 3(1), 2013, 21-28.