The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors / Edition 1

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Overview

Gathering concepts and techniques borrowed from outstanding college professors, The Joy of Teaching provides helpful guidance for new instructors developing and teaching their first college courses.

Award-winning professor Peter Filene proposes that teaching should not be like a baseball game in which the instructor pitches ideas to students to see whether they hit or strike out. Ideally, he says, teaching should resemble a game of Frisbee in which the teacher invites students to catch ideas and pass them on.

Rather than prescribe any single model for success, Filene lays out the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical strategies, inviting new teachers to make choices based on their own personalities, values, and goals. Filene tackles everything from syllabus writing and lecture planning to class discussions, grading, and teacher-student interactions outside the classroom. The book's down-to-earth, accessible style makes it appropriate for new teachers in all fields. Instructors in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences will all welcome its invaluable tips for successful teaching and learning.

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"A useful exercise in self-reflection for new and seasoned professors alike."—CBE—Life Sciences Edition
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"A useful and succinct guidebook for new college instructors. . . . Filene highlights many wonderful pedagogical philosophies and techniques from which even veteran instructors could benefit."
Teaching Sociology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807856031
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2005
  • Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 254,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Filene is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has earned six teaching awards. He is author of several books, including Him/Her/Self: Gender Identities in Modern America, In the Arms of Others: A Cultural History of the Right to Die, and Home and Away, a novel.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Foreword by Ken Bain

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I Premises

1 Understanding Yourself as a Teacher

2 Understanding Your Students

3 Defining Your Aims and Outcomes

Part II Practices

4 Constructing a Syllabus

5 Lecturing

6 Discussing

7 Broadening the Learning Environment

8 Evaluating and Grading

Part III Extracurriculars

9 Relating to Students

10 Teaching and Not Perishing

Conclusion

Notes

If You Want to Learn More: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography

Index

Figures

2.1 One-Minute Feedback Memo

4.1 Storyboard for a Syllabus

4.2 Heading for a Syllabus

5.1 Constructing a Lecture

6.1 How to Help a Discussion Succeed

8.1 Drawing Relationships Quiz

8.2 Criteria for a Successful Essay

8.3 Quantified Evaluation Form

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