Five dimensions of culture (Hofstede):
- Power distance – the degree and range of the distribution of power among societal groups
- Uncertainty avoidance – level of comfort with unstructured, uncontrollable situations
- Individualism / collectivism – degree to which individuals care for themselves versus being cared for in a group (family)
- Masculinity / femininity – the distribution of emotional roles between genders
- Long-term / short-term – degree to which members of societies are willing to delay gratification of needs
Something I’ve been working on for Oklahoma Wesleyan University…
The 4CQ Faculty Model attempts to describe the broader “universe” of what a faculty member does as a teacher in a classroom. Much of the literature on online and adult learning up until the last couple of years has emphasized the student side of the equation of teaching. This emphasis has argued that we only have successful teaching if our students are learning. Accordingly, a good deal has been written about how students learn and what teachers do to make that learning happen. This has resulted in a shift in modern educational philosophy to talking about teaching primarily in terms of student learning outcomes. This is undoubtedly an important perspective and this emphasis in the last decade has helped educational theorists better appreciate the student side of the equation.
But it is not the whole story.