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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Justin G Schaedle, PT, DPT, OCS (Butler County Physical Therapy)
Description: This book details strategies for improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and situations.
Purpose: It aims to raise readers' awareness of the concept that teaching and learning are inseparable and to provide them with the tools they need to become effective educators and learners. Significant emphasis is placed on the idea that how you teach is just as important as what you teach. Effective teaching and learning are paramount to success in all areas of physical therapy.
Audience: Virtually everyone involved in physical therapy is included in the broad audience for this book. Whether you are a clinician, academician, clinical instructor, student, or just involved in physical therapy in some way, you will have the teaching-learning experience on a daily basis.
Features: The book is divided into three distinct sections. The first explores who we are as individuals, how that impacts the teaching-learning experience, and what that means for us as educators. The second section examines the design, implementation, and assessment of effective instruction. The third section focuses on how learning takes place in the clinical setting. This book essentially practices what it preaches, presenting chapters with clearly written objectives, "Stop and Reflect" boxes, diagrams, bulleted "Key Points to Remember," and summaries to maximize learning.
Assessment: Every physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student would find this book helpful. The knowledge they would gain would significantly increase the effectiveness of teaching-learning interactions that they have with patients, students, coworkers, and beyond. The book successfully highlights and expands upon many of the important points of APTA's clinical instructor certification course.