Lowman's model goes back to the movies

Clifton B. Farnsworth, Jennifer Retherford, David A Saftner

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Lowman's Two Dimensional Model of Effective College Teaching identifies traits of successful teachers and presents these traits in a functional framework useful as a tool for improvement. While the model is effective at outlining a mechanism to move towards status as a "Complete Exemplar," the categories of the model are broad, subjective, and can be difficult to precisely identify. Through development of a rubric, this paper seeks to improve educators' understanding of Lowman's model by sharing a series of examples. Teachers in contemporary movies and television are identified to represent several of the nine cells within the two-dimensional model. A previous paper provided an initial assessment of several famous actors portraying teachers. However, the examples in this previous paper are becoming dated and an updated paper with more contemporary examples may be useful for faculty attempting to better understand and apply Lowman's model. The contents of this paper first introduces the reader to the Lowman Teaching Model and provides support of the model through discussion of related literature. Development of the rubric is explained and the plot thickens as a series of characters are assessed with the rubric. As the curtain falls, a summary of the assessment and recommendations for use of the rubric are shared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 23 2018
Event125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2018Dec 27 2018

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