ADRIAN L. ADAMS portrait
  • Graduate Research Assist (RA), Educational Psychology

Current Courses

Spring 2024

Professional Organizations

  • Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research. 05/30/2020 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

The ultimate theme of my teaching philosophy is to support students’ autonomy and learning by valuing the experiences they bring to the educational setting. This is influenced by the learning theories I work with in my educational research as well as my experience as an educator and as a student. I conceptualize learning through constructivist learning theories and critical theories; learning is complex and affected by context. I aspire to provide a supportive and nurturing space for the students I work with so that they can achieve their goals. I do not want to be solely a disseminator of knowledge, but rather a knowledge resource that students can use as they construct their own knowledge. I make a conscious effort to ask questions so that students see and apply what they already know and can do. I also aim to encourage student autonomy by being supportive and placing trust in the students as capable individuals, and support this by giving clear instructions and expectations. My assessment philosophy similarly reflects this by emphasizing constructive feedback to help students grow, especially in complex skills like developing arguments and reasoning about data.