This indispensable handbook provides helpful strategies for dealing with both the everyday challenges of university teaching and those that arise in efforts to maximize learning for every student. The suggested strategies are supported by research and adaptable to specific classroom situations. Rather than suggest a "set of recipes" to be followed mechanically, the book gives instructors the tools they need to deal with the ever-changing dynamics of teaching and learning.
Wilbert J. McKeachie is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He is also a research scientist and past director of the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. He has served as president of the American Psychological Association and of the American Association for Higher Education. He has also served as chair of the Committee on College and University Teaching, Research, and Publication of the American Association of University Professors. He speaks at workshops and conferences around the world and has published numerous articles in the United States and internationally.
Marilla Svinicki is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and the retired director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. at Western Michigan University and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. Her research interests include application of principles of learning to instruction in higher education and development of faculty and graduate students as teachers. She regularly teaches the college teaching methodology course at UT Austin along with the psychology of human learning and instructional psychology.
Part I: GETTING STARTED. 1. Introduction. 2. Countdown for Course Preparation. 3. Meeting a Class for the First Time. Part II: BASIC SKILLS FOR FACILITATING STUDENT LEARNING. 4. Reading as Active Learning. 5. Facilitating Discussion: Posing Problems, Listening, Questioning. 6. How to Make Lectures More Effective. 7. Assessing, Testing, and Evaluating: Grading Is Not the Most Important Function. 8. Testing: The Details. 9. Good Designs for Written Feedback for Students. 10. The ABC's of Assigning Grades. Part III: UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS. 11. Motivation in the College Classroom. 12. Teaching Culturally Diverse Students. 13. Dealing with Student Problems and Problem Students (There's Almost Always at Least One!). Part IV: Adding to Your Repertoire of Skills and Strategies for Facilitating Active Learning. 14. Active Learning: Group-based Learning. 15. Experiential Learning: Case-based, Problem-based, and Reality-based. 16. Using High-Stakes and Low-Stakes Writing to Enhance Learning. 17. Technology and Teaching. Part V: SKILLS FOR USE IN OTHER TEACHING SITUATIONS. 18. Teaching Large Classes (You Can Still Get Active Learning!). 19. Laboratory Instruction: Ensuring an Active Learning Experience. Part VI: Teaching for Higher-Level Goals. 20. Teaching Students How to Become More Strategic and Self-Regulated Learners. 21. Teaching Thinking. 22. The Ethics of Teaching and the Teaching of Ethics. Part VII: LIFELONG LEARNING FOR THE TEACHER. 23. Vitality and Growth Throughout Your Teaching Career.
This actual review is not for the book itself or the author. It is for the ridiculous people from Barnes and Noble! Let me see if I understand this; We are living in an era where everyone is reading eBooks in tablets and iPads. So, this stupid people from B&N had the "brilliant" idea of making this book for that computer application called Nook Study, which is a total waist of time for me since I want to read my electronic books in my iPad not in the desktop computer or laptop. Hello, if they have a Nook and Nook Kids they should have a Nook Study app in the apps store to make everything easier to readers and students. After all, that is the main purpose of the actual mobile technologies; isn't it? This one will be definitely a good point about his company on my doctoral dissertation since I'm researching precisely the use of mobile learning inside the classrooms. Furthermore, I would like to thanks the people of Course Smart for their brilliant idea of having a tablet application for iPads! At least, I will be able to read one of my textbooks in a real mobile environment.
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