On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action / Edition 1

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On Teaching and Learning takes the ideas explored in renownededucator Jane Vella's best-selling book Learning to Listen,Learning to Teach to the next level and explores how dialogueeducation has been applied in educational settings around theworld. Throughout the book, she shows how to put the principles andpractices of dialogue education into action and uses illustrativestories and examples from her extensive travels.

Dialogue education values inquiry, integrity, and commitment toequity—values that are also central to democracy. Learners aretreated as worthy of respect, recognized for the knowledge andexperience they bring to the learning experience. Dialogueeducation emphasizes the importance of safety and belonging. It isan approach that welcomes one's certainties and one'squestions.

The principles and practices outlined in On Teaching andLearning can be applied to all levels of education, nonprofitorganizations, government, and business. And to meet the demands oftoday's expanded learning environment, the book includesdescriptions of how online courses can reflect the principles andpractices of dialogue education.

Drawing on the basic assumption that teaching is for learning,On Teaching and Learning offers teachers a design for goodlearning, and not merely for good teaching.

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This book is just in time for me or anyone interested in designingface-to-face and online courses. It demonstrates through the use ofsound principles and practices how a seven-step design can be usedto infuse structure throughout the college course or trainingworkshop without sacrificing spontaneity or creativity. Vella haswritten a marvelously engaging, insightful and resourceful bookwhich can be used as a template for making anyone feel comfortableheading into the classroom or teaching online whether they are anew or experienced instructor.”—Virginia H. Milhouse,associate professor and Fulbright Professor of Intercultural andInternational Relations, University of Oklahoma

“Jane Vella and dialogue-based education go hand-in-hand.Through On Teaching and Learning her insights deepen, herexperience shows through, and her gift for useful applicationshines. Loaded with ideas, practical suggestions and illustrationsthis book will connect with the deeper purpose and process ofcreating learning no matter the subject matter. Vella has a way ofgiving us structure and freedom, encouragement and nudgingprovocation to rise to our best as trainers and educators. This isan apple on any teacher’s desk. Keep it close.”—JohnPaul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding, Joan B.Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of NotreDame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787986995
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 811,704
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Vella founded the Jubilee Popular Education Center (now Global Learning Partners) in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has designed and led community education and staff development programs in more than forty countries around the world. She is the author of five Jossey-Bass titles including Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach; Taking Learning to Task; and Dialogue Education at Work. She can be contacted at jane@globalearning.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxvii

The Author xxix

Introduction 1

Part One: Structured 9

1. Why Structure? 11

2. Learning Needs and Resources Assessment 19

3. The Seven Design Steps 31

Part Two: Social 51

4. The Learning Task in a Small Group 53

5. Individual Learning Enhanced 67

Part Three: Sound 81

6. Principles and Practices: Current State of the Art 83

7. Open Questions Invite Dialogue 111

8. The Designer’s Skill: Trust Your Design 117

Part Four: Sure 127

9. Indicators of Learning, Transfer, and Impact 129

10. Impact and the Seven Design Steps 137

Part Five: Synthesis: Putting It All Together 147

11. Putting It All Together: Examples of Dialogue EducationDesigns 149

12. An On-Line Course Using Dialogue Education 167

13. Dialogue Education in School Leadership 171

14. Dialogue Education in Health Care Settings 191

15. Dialogue Education in a College Classroom 205

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms Used in Dialogue Education 215

Appendix B: Tough Verbs for Learning Tasks 221

References 223

Index 227

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