Creating Your Educational Development Philosophy Statement

Session Time and Location

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:00am
Room: Room:
Dunwoody B
Session Track
Session Format

An educational development philosophy statement communicates your fundamental beliefs about educational development, why your hold these beliefs, and how you translate your beliefs into practice as an educational developer (McDonald et al., 2016).  Although educational development philosophy statements are a relatively new phenomenon, they are beginning to be seen as relevant for job applications, for professional learning, and for tenure and promotion processes (Kenny et al., 2017; Kalu et al., in press). In this session, we will draw upon the work of McDonald et al. (2016) and Kalu et al. (in press) to guide participants through a process of reflecting upon and creating their own educational development philosophy statement. 


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