Taking Learning to Task: Creative Strategies for Teaching Adults / Edition 1

Taking Learning to Task: Creative Strategies for Teaching Adults / Edition 1

by Jane Vella
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787952273

ISBN-13: 9780787952273

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Wiley

Known for her work in popular education and her worldwide teaching experience, Jane Vella has significantly changed the way we view adult learning. In Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach, she introduced twelve principles of learning-centered education; in Training Through Dialogue, she presented a step-by-step approach to training the trainer; and in How Do They

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Known for her work in popular education and her worldwide teaching experience, Jane Vella has significantly changed the way we view adult learning. In Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach, she introduced twelve principles of learning-centered education; in Training Through Dialogue, she presented a step-by-step approach to training the trainer; and in How Do They Know They Know? Vella and her colleagues showed how to evaluate and improve adult learning programs. These books rest on one basic assumption: that learning is most effective when teachers involve their students in the learning process.In Taking Learning to Task, Vella builds on her earlier books and shifts the spotlight from teaching tasks to learning tasks. Unlike traditional teaching methods, learning tasks are open questions that lead to open dialogue between teacher and learner. Vella draws from current theory and practice to explore the meaning and power of learning tasks. To illustrate this unique approach, she provides seven steps to planning learning-centered courses, four types of learning tasks, a checklist of principles and practices, critical questions for instructional design, key components for evaluation, and other invaluable tools.Vella also shares real-world examples of successful learning programs, including online and distance-learning courses. Taking Learning to Task is a hands-on, practical guide to designing effective learning tasks for diverse learners and diverse content. Teachers, trainers, and all types of instructors will find a wealth of advice for refining their day-to-day practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787952273
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Higher and Adult Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

1. Learning Tasks: Assumptions and Definition.

2. Comparing Teaching Tasks and Learning Tasks.

3. Learning Tasks As Part of a Complete Design.

4. Four Types of Learning Tasks.

5. The Power of Action: "The Verb's the Thing".

6. Principles to Guide Design.

7. The Art of Leading Learning Tasks.

8. Time and the Learning Task.

9. Checkpoint: Reviewing Concepts Through Examples.

10. Matching Tasks to the Group: One Size Does Not Fit All.

11. Tasks for Distance Learning and the Internet.

12. Using Learning Tasks: Twenty Reasons and Twenty Principles.

Resources.

A. Learning Tasks in Action: A Workshop Model.

B. Example of a Distance-Learning Course.

C. Technical Guide for Designing and Using Learning Tasks.

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