Teaching Practices Inventory (TPI)

Developed by Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert

Purpose To characterize the extent of use of research-based teaching practices in undergraduate natural and social sciences "lecture" courses.
Format Multiple-response, Short answer
Duration 10 min
Focus Teaching (Course information provided, Supporting materials provided, In-class features and activities, Assignments, Feedback and testing, Training and guidance of TAs, Collaboration in teaching, Other)
Level Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college


TPI Implementation Guide

Everything you need to know about implementing the TPI in your class.

External Resources

You can fill out a paper and pencil version and score it yourself, or fill out this online version, and have it automatically scored for you. 

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Bronze Validation
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to at least 3 of the validation categories below.

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • Student thinking

Studied Using:

  • Student interviews
  • Expert review
  • Appropriate statistical analysis

Research Conducted:

  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

The PIPS was tested with several hundred faculty members at UBC and refined over a 6-year period. It was reviewed by experts in college science teaching, science education specialists, and Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative departmental directors. Open-ended responses to "other" categories were used to check instructors' interpretations of the questions and add options. For selected classes, observers of the classes were asked to evaluate the responses given by instructors.


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Typical Results

The figure below shows the histograms of the “extent of use of research-based teaching practices (ETP)” scores for the five departments at UBC (from Wieman and Gilbert 2017):

The latest version of the TPI, released in 2018, is version 3. Version 1 was released in October 2014 and version 2 was released in January 2015.