Optimizing Teaching and Learning: Practicing Pedagogical Research / Edition 1

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Overview

Optimizing Teaching and Learning will serve as a guide for anyone who is interested in improving their teaching and the learning of their students, and at the same time contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning. It bridges the gap between the research and practice of SoTL, with explicit instructions on how to design, conduct, analyze, and write up pedagogical research, including samples of actual questionnaires and other materials (e.g., focus group questions) that will jumpstart investigations into teaching and learning. It also explores the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical practices and present applications of SoTL using case studies from a variety of disciplines. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for both seasoned faculty and new faculty who are just beginning to assess their teaching methods and learn how to think beyond the content.
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"There were several pieces of information that were valuable, even to someone with a different education background. No doubt there is even more valuable information for readers who are not in such a specific specialty as nursing, but instead are education generalists." (Metapsychology, March 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118344668
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 775,416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Regan A. R. Gurung is Chair of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He has served for many years on the campus Faculty Development Committee and has also been Chair of the same. He is currently campus representative for a CASTL Leadership Site, and is a member of a national taskforce for the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is author of Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach (2006).

Beth M. Schwartz is Professor of Psychology at Randolph College. She is founding director of the Faculty Development Center on her campus. In February 2006, she received the APLS (American Psychology and Law Society) Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.

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Table of Contents

1 What is Pedagogical Research? 1

2 Pedagogical Research: Focussing on the Teaching 18

3 Pedagogical Research: Focussing on Learning 87

4 Is It Significant? Basic Statistics 145

5 Pedagogical Research as Scholarship: Resources for Success 169

References 207

Index 222

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