Thinking About Teaching and Learning: Developing Habits of Learning with First Year College and University StudentsPaperback
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- Publisher: Stylus Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 220 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 295g
- Publication date: 1 April 1999
- Publication City/Country: Sterling, VA
- ISBN 10: 1579220134
- ISBN 13: 9781579220136
- Sales rank: 779,433
Written by an author who combines the disciplines of biology and education to show how people learn and how knowing this can help teachers to teach effectively. This book deals with teaching based on new biological understandings about how the brain assimilates new knowledge and deals with what teachers most need to know, that is, how to teach so successfully that classroom discipline ceases to be an issue. This book is intended to help students to develop habits and skills that will make learning easier. The author describes how a philosophy of teaching develops and why it's important to have one;learning as brain change rather than brain use;language and the questionable utility of unexpressed ideas; first-year students - their culture, motivation and preparation; how the way we teach affects the way students learn; what students are really doing in the classroom; writing and other technologies, old and new. He is alert to the psychology of students, understands and has experiences the frustrations teachers feel when students ingeniously elude their teachers' loftiest goals and strategies. Most important, Robert Leamnson has good advice about how to cope with the challenge.
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"We have been using Thinking About Teaching and Learning at BYU in connection with a large-scale freshman year initiative. The program, consisting basically of multiple learning communities, involves some 22 academic departments and 120 faculty members who serve 1750 freshmen (about 40% of BYU's entering freshman class) each fall semester. We are providing a copy of this book for each faculty member, as well as for several academic support and university administration officers. The ideas, practices and recommendations are first-rate; we appreciate (the) work in putting the volume together. (It is) particularly good, in my judgment, in helping faculty distinguish between the game syndrome and genuinely mindful learning."--Clark Webb "Brigham Young University "