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The Teaching Perspectives Inventory measures teachers' orientations to their roles as managers of the learning process. The Inventory yields five alternative points of view (perspectives) on teaching by asking structured questions about teachers' actions in the teaching setting, their intentions how they organize the learning situation, and their beliefs about fundamental principles of teaching and learning.
The TPI is the result of two decades of teaching and research in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. Over the years, more than 250 teachers in vastly different settings have been interviewed, observed, evaluated, and re-interviewed. Each teacher was asked what it meant "to teach": including questions about learning, motivation, the goals of education, their role in the process, the nature of the learners they taught, the influence of context on their teaching - and a great many more questions