Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses (Josey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series) / Edition 1

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Overview

"When we think of college teaching, we usually think of what goes on in classrooms. Faculty members, administrators, and others who read Dee Fink's book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences, will recognize that the effectiveness of what goes on in the classroom depends fundamentally on what goes on outside the classroom?thinking about learning objectives, designing a course, and developing learning strategies that will maximize achievement of the objectives by every student."
— Wilbert McKeachie, author, Teaching Tips

"In addition to introducing a new model for designing significant learning experiences, Fink also identifies specific types of support that faculty members will require from their own institutions and from national organizations if they are to sustain the profound changes in teaching that must occur to produce societally and personally significant learning. If his recommendations and vision of what is possible today were widely adopted, they would result in a transformation of American higher education and thus of society."
— Lion F. Gardiner, author, Redesigning Higher Education

"Our faculty members have successfully increased student achievement, especially in challenging and rigorous courses, as a direct result of the ideas from Dee Fink's workshops, now collected in his book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences. Simply put, these ideas work!"
— Cynthia Desrochers, founding director, the Center for Effective Learning and Teaching, California State University at Northridge.

"With its clear, practical focus on promoting significant student learning through intentional course design, this book offers a 'significant learning experience' for faculty, faculty developers, and academic administrators alike."
— Thomas A. Angelo, coauthor, Classroom Assessment Techniques

"This book goes to a central challenge facing higher education: how to transform the classroom experience into a significant learning experience. It lays out a practical and tested framework for the redesign and renewal of teaching and learning. If you care about students, if you care about learning, you should read this book."
— John Tagg, author, A Learning-Paradigm College

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book…inspires faculty members to undertake a new direction in college teaching." (Exchanges, 6/28/2004)

"Overall, this is an exciting and important book. This is a five star book." (Teachers College Record, August 6, 2003)

"Fink's book is full of excellent suggestions." (Community College Week, September 1, 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787960551
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Dee Fink has worked as an instructional consultant with college teachers for over twenty-five years and founded the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma in 1979. In 2002 he was elected president of the largest faculty development organization in North America, the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

The Author.

1. Creating Significant Learning Experiences.

2. A Taxonomy of Significant Learning.

3. Designing Significant Learning Experiences I: Getting Started.

4. Designing Significant Learning Experiences II: Shaping the Learning Experience.

5. Changing the Way We Teach.

6. Better Organizational Support for Faculty.

7. The Human Significance of Good Teaching and Learning.

Appendix A: Planning Your Course: A Decision Guide.

Appendix B: Suggested Readings.

References.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    It Is Worth It

    Creating Significant Learning Experiences by L. Dee Fink is essential reading for all educators who are dedicated to becoming part of an exciting frontier in education that is destined to be established as the model of educational excellence. Fink demonstrated throughout this text that he has developed expertise about higher education, from which he formulated a methodology that is presented as a road-map for others to transform their teaching into significant learning experiences. Creating change is never easy and Fink thoroughly delineated this message as he provides the step-by-step processes required by educators and institutions to create significant learning experiences. In addition to detailed, explicit explanations of how to engage in the process of creating significant learning experiences in all higher educational settings, Fink provided his supportive rationale that reveals the necessity for transforming higher education from what most of us have experienced to a dynamic, active involvement that stimulates adults to become life-long learners. This book offers detailed explanations and examples that are pertinent to the process of creating significant learning experiences. Diagrams and charts further enhance the author¿s efforts to clearly convey his ideas and strategies that he has tested and proven to be effective and necessary when creating significant learning experiences. Thus, this book is not one to be quickly read as pleasurable prose. The optimal manner in which to gain all that is presented by Fink, is to respond to his invitation to embark on his journey toward the fulfillment of his dream, to ¿see people, all people, living their lives full of learning. ...¿ (p. 254). The reader is invited and encouraged to embrace a process of change that will impact the lives of all who are willing to make the necessary effort that will produce worthwhile results in our society. Creating Significant Learning Experiences is a book that requires reading over a prolonged period of time, in order to allow for the concepts and explanations to be digested slowly and deliberately. The information presented by Fink is well-worth the time and effort required to reading this book; however, if time is at a minimum, gaining an overview of the concepts provided is better than not reading this book at all. For all educators and administrators of higher education, don¿t hesitate to add this book to the top of your reading list.

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