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The 20 chapters in this book range from the pragmatic to the philosophical, including discussions of active learning, classroom atmosphere, learning communities, honors programs, large-class discussions, teaching portfolios, and community service. The book is divided into four parts:
Designed to stimulate discussion of teaching among scholars, Inspiring Teaching analyzes what underlies and inspires good teaching and learning.
Part I. Teaching Characteristics.
1. What Makes a Good Teacher? (Peter G. Beidler).
2. Stretching Minds: Personal and Academic Aspects of Teaching (James W. Vargo).
3. Classroom Atmosphere: A Personal Inventory (Harvey D. Blankespoor).
4. Connecting with Literature: The Art of Involvement (Barbara Paul-Emile).
5. Relations of Mutual Trust and Objects of Common Interest 9John David Dawson).
6. Motivating and Mentoring: teaching the Developmental Student (Vashti U. Muse).
Part II. Teaching Practices.
7. The Student Who Felt Ugly and How She Played Richard III (Martha Andresen).
8. Opportunities and Responsibilities: Competence, Creativity, Collaboration, and Caring (Sally Phillips).
9. Teaching Through the Curriculum: The Development of a Comprehensive honors Program (Anthony J. Lisska).
10. Managing Discussion in Large Classes (J. Dennis Huston).
11. Suit the Action to the Word: Teaching Minds and Bodies in the College Classroom (Michael Flachmann).
12. Improving Teaching Through Teaching Portfolio Revisions: A Context and Case for reflective Practice (John Zubizarreta).
13. Creating Global classrooms (Mark C. Taylor).
Part III. Teaching Philosophies.
14. The Community in the Classroom/The Classroom in the Community (Patrick Parks).
15. Teaching as Subversion (Teofilo F. Ruiz).
16. A Story Waiting to Be Told: Narratives of Teaching, Scholarship, and Theory.
17. Feminist Pedagogy: A Voice of One’s Own (Rosmarie Tong).
18. The Liberal Arts and Civic Education: Grounds for Inspired Teaching (Ralph Ketcham).
19. What Teaching Teaches Me: How the Holocaust Informs My Philosophy of Education (John K. Roth).
20. The Carnegie Professors of the Year: Models for Teaching Success (John R. Lough).
21. What This Book teaches Me (John K. Roth).