Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is premised on several beliefs:

I strive to teach in ways that encompass the above beliefs, tempered by cultural and statutory considerations. I seek tools that can enhance the ways students learn and can enhance their critical thinking skills. I experiment with and make use of information technology in course delivery to facilitate interactive and collaborative learning. Such tools help democratise and globalise student’s thinking and also allow them to continue learning outside of classroom time (e.g. distributed learning).

I strive to make myself as accessible as possible to students, through extended office hours and through electronic communication.

I support my peers in helping them understand how to use information technology for teaching in order to structuralise the business school’s human capital.

I believe that I can make a difference. The following story (told by Nicky Gumbel) explains my feeling:

On certain beaches in Great Britain and at certain times of the year, starfish have a tendency to get caught out on the beach at low tide. They cannot move easily and thus will die unless they can get back into the water. Sometimes there are thousands of these starfish caught this way. Once, a little boy was throwing these starfish, one by one, back into the ocean. A man approached him and said, "Well, you know you won't make much of a difference throwing them in. There are so many!" In reply, the little boy picked up a starfish and threw it in. He then said, "I bet I made a difference to that one!"

For more on teaching philosophies, see 'On Written Statements of Teaching Philosophy,' by Michael W. George, Editor of the MSU TA Hompage.

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Copyright 1999, Jon D Kendall, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University
Last revised: 26 April 1999