Teaching Goals Inventory Self-Assessment

"Teaching Goals Inventory: Self Assessment of Instructional Goals" (pdf) presents a 53-item inventory list adapted from Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers that invites reflection on your role as a post-secondary instructor.

  • The list may be helpful as you shape your philosophy of education and other parts of your teaching dossier/teaching portfolio.
  • While Question 53 invites you to define "how ... you see your primary role as a teacher," the other 52 goals focus on what you may "aim to deliberately accomplish" and respond well to a 1 to 5 scale rating based on the "importance" you attach to each in your own pedagogy. 
  • "There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers; only personally more or less accurate ones." 

1. The Purpose

Its purpose is threefold:

  • "[T]o help college teachers become more aware of what they want to accomplish in individual courses"
  • "[T]o help faculty locate Classroom Assessment Techniques they can adapt and use to assess how well they are achieving their teaching and learning goals"
  • "[T]o provide a starting point for discussions of teaching and learning goals among colleagues"

2. The Six Clusters of "Essential" Goals Represented

  • "Higher-Order Thinking Skills"
  • "Basic Academic Success Skills"
  • "Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills" 
  • "Liberal Arts and Academic Values"
  • "Work and Career Preparation"
  • "Personal Development"