Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice

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In this second edition of the classic work Learner-CenteredTeaching, Maryellen Weimer—one of the nation's most highlyregarded authorities on effective college teaching—offers acomprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centeredteaching in the college and university classroom. This thoroughlyrevised and updated edition includes the most current examples ofpractice in action from a variety of disciplines and contains newinformation on the research support for learner-centeredapproaches. Weimer also includes...

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Overview

In this second edition of the classic work Learner-CenteredTeaching, Maryellen Weimer—one of the nation's most highlyregarded authorities on effective college teaching—offers acomprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centeredteaching in the college and university classroom. This thoroughlyrevised and updated edition includes the most current examples ofpractice in action from a variety of disciplines and contains newinformation on the research support for learner-centeredapproaches. Weimer also includes a more in-depth discussion of howstudents' developmental issues influence the effectiveness oflearner- centered teaching.

Learner-centered teaching focuses attention on what the studentis learning, how the student is learning, the conditions underwhich the student is learning, whether the student is retaining andapplying the learning, and how current learning positions thestudent for future learning. To help educators accomplish the goalsof learner-centered teaching, this important book presents themeaning, practice, and ramifications of the learner-centeredapproach and how this approach transforms the college classroomenvironment. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tieteaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learningrather than to the content delivery alone.

The book also offers well-researched advice for educators whowant to transition to a learner-centered approach in theirclassrooms and identifies the steps to take to put into placelearner-centered policies and practices. Learner-CenteredTeaching provides a theoretical foundation for thelearner-centered approach and outlines a positive way to improveteaching.

This second edition clearly shows how the learner-centeredapproach equips students with skills needed for a life of learningand how these approaches lead to learning that is transformativefor both students and teachers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Weimer (teaching and learning, the Berks-Lehigh Valley College of the Pennsylvania State U.) focuses on learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom. Coverage includes an overview of relevant literature on learning, changes associated with learner- centered education in five areas<-->the balance of power, the function of content, the role of the teacher, the responsibility for learning, and the purposes and processes of evaluation<-->and key issues in implementing the learner-centered approach. Three appendices contain practical sample materials, and reading lists of additional books on active learning, successful small group dynamics, personal accounts of learner-centered teaching, and texts on learning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118119280
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 345,651
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryellen Weimer is a well-known writer, speaker, andproponent of effective teaching practices with more thanthirty-five years of experience. She was the director of theInstructional Development Program at Pennsylvania State Universityfor ten years and served as associate director at the NationalCenter on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. Theeditor of The Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter oncollege teaching, Weimer is also the author of numerous books,including Inspired College Teaching and EnhancingScholarly Work on Teaching and Learning.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgments xiii

The Author xiv

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF THE LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH 1

1. Learner-Centered Teaching: Roots and Origins 3

2. Research: Evidence That Learner-Centered Approaches Work 28

PART TWO: THE FIVE KEY CHANGES TO PRACTICE 57

3. The Role of the Teacher 59

4. The Balance of Power 88

5. The Function of Content 114

6. The Responsibility for Learning 143

7. The Purpose and Processes of Evaluation 168

PART THREE: IMPLEMENTING THE LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH 197

8. Responding to Resistance 199

9. Taking a Developmental Approach 218

APPENDIXES 239

1. Syllabus and Learning Log Entries for Speech Communications 100A 239

2. Resources That Develop Learning Skills 249

References 259

Name Index 275

Subject Index 279

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