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What is a teaching philosophy? My example

WG Kleintjes, AJN Louw

Abstract


Many clinicians teach as they have been taught, and have varying views about teaching. Everyone has his or her own teaching philosophy. The definition of a teaching philosophy is a personal view of one’s beliefs concerning teaching, and this may change over time. Many plastic surgeons have no formal teaching education, and may never have thought about the concept of a teaching philosophy. The goal of introducing this concept and the present example is to stimulate readers to reflect on their own teaching philosophy, and how they have been influenced to the point where they are now. The first author presents his first impressions of such a philosophy here, as they were at the beginning of his medical education.


Authors' affiliations

WG Kleintjes, Division of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

AJN Louw, Centre for Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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South African Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery & Burns 2020;3(3):60. DOI:10.7196/SAJPRASB.2021.v3i3.52

Article History

Date submitted: 2021-02-19
Date published: 2021-02-19

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