The New College Classroom

The New College Classroom

The New College Classroom

The New College Classroom


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What the latest science of learning tells us about inspiring, effective, and inclusive teaching at the college level.

College instruction is stuck in the past. If a time traveler from a century ago arrived on today’s campuses, they would recognize only too well the listlessness of the lecture hall and the awkward silence of the seminar room. Yet we know how to do better. Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis, two of the world’s foremost innovators in higher education, turn to the latest research and methods to show how teachers at every kind of institution can help students become independent, creative, and active learners.

The New College Classroom helps instructors in all disciplines create an environment that is truly conducive to learning. Davidson and Katopodis translate cutting-edge research in learning science and pedagogy into ready-to-use strategies to incorporate into any course. These empirically driven, classroom-tested techniques of active learning—from the participatory syllabus and ungrading to grab-and-go activities for every day of the term—have achieved impressive results at community colleges and research universities, on campus, online, and in hybrid settings.

Extensive evidence shows that active-learning tools are more effective than conventional methods of instruction. Davidson and Katopodis explain how and why their approach works and provide detailed case studies of educators successfully applying active-learning techniques in their courses every day, ensuring that their students are better prepared for the world after college.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674248854
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 08/30/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 384,943
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cathy N. Davidson has published more than twenty books, including The New Education and Now You See It. She is Senior Advisor to the Chancellor on Transformation at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She served on the National Council on the Humanities, delivered a keynote address at the Nobel Prize Forum on the Future of Education, and writes regularly for the Washington Post and Chronicle of Higher Education.

Christina Katopodis is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Transformative Learning in the Humanities initiative at CUNY and has authored or coauthored over a dozen articles on innovative pedagogy, environmental studies, and early American literature. She has received the Dewey Digital Teaching Award and the Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

I Changing Ourselves 19

1 Why Change Now? 21

2 Structuring Active Learning 29

3 Teaching Is Mentoring 39

II Changing Our Classrooms 55

4 Before the First Class 57

5 The First Class 94

6 Activities for Any Day of the Term 110

7 Democratic and Antiracist Pedagogy 126

8 Group Work Without the Groans 142

9 Research That Inspires Creativity 168

10 Feedback That Really Works 195

11 Grades-Ugh! 222

12 What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 245

Conclusion: Changing the World 257

Notes 265

Acknowledgments 291

Index 295

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