Teaching for Understanding at University: Deep Approaches and Distinctive Ways of Thinking


University Teaching and Student Learning draws on a wide range of research findings to provide an up-to-date guide to the main principles of teaching and the devlopment of students' understanding.

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University Teaching and Student Learning draws on a wide range of research findings to provide an up-to-date guide to the main principles of teaching and the devlopment of students' understanding.

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"... it could well become a classic text in this field. It is a lucid introduction to the basic concepts in teaching and learning, organised round the central concept of understanding." - John Nisbet, Honorary Research Fellow and Professor of Education, University of Aberdeen, UK

"I am genuine in my opinion that every academic development unit in each UK university will make this a key-reader for their teaching. In many cases it is likely to become the course textbook for professional development." - Dr David Hay, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, King's College London, UK

"This book will be greatly welcomed and will provide an excellent edition to the literature – and one that has a strong capacity to make a real difference. It presents an authoritative overview of relevant theory – including cutting edge developments in which the author has played a lead role." - Peter Davies, Professor of Education Policy and Director, Institute for Education Policy Research, Staffordshire University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333962985
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Universities into the 21st Century Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

NOEL ENTWISTLE was the Bell Professor of Education at the University of Edinburgh for 25 years and now is Professor Emeritus. He has Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Gothenburg and Turku and an Oeuvre Award for outstanding research contributions from the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. He is a past editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, and has an international reputation for his work in the field of student learning in higher education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Outline
Educational Psychology and Student Learning
Learning and Influences on it
The Impact of Approaches to Learning
How Students Learn and Study
Understanding Understanding
The Nature of Academic Understanding
Evolving Approaches to Teaching
Ideas About Teaching and Learning
Teaching for Understanding
Research into teaching for Understanding
A Heuristic Model of Teaching and Learning
Research Guiding Teaching
Assessment as the Driver, but in which Direction?
Influences of the Learning Environment
Practical Guidelines for Teaching that Encourages Deep Approaches
Professional Development of Teaching
Monitoring Teaching and Carrying Out Investigations
Appendix A: Indicative Interview Schedule
Appendix B: Questionnaire for Monitoring Learning and Teaching (SETLQ)

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