Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education)
Teaching at Its Best. This third edition of the best-selling handbook offers faculty at all levels an essential toolbox of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, formats, classroom activities, and exercises, all of which can be implemented immediately. This thoroughly revised edition includes the newest portrait of the Millennial student; current research from cognitive psychology; a focus on outcomes maps; the latest legal options on copyright issues; and how to best use new technology including wikis, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts, and clickers. Entirely new chapters include subjects such as matching teaching methods with learning outcomes, inquiry-guided learning, and using visuals to teach, and new sections address Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles, SCALE-UP classrooms, multiple true-false test items, and much more. Praise for the Third Edition of Teaching at Its BestEveryoneveterans as well as noviceswill profit from reading Teaching at Its Best, for it provides both theory and practical suggestions for handling all of the problems one encounters in teaching classes varying in size, ability, and motivation."Wilbert McKeachie, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, and coauthor, McKeachie's Teaching TipsThis new edition of Dr. Nilson's book, with its completely updated material and several new topics, is an even more powerful collection of ideas and tools than the last. What a great resource, especially for beginning teachers but also for us veterans!"L. Dee Fink, author, Creating Significant Learning ExperiencesThis third edition of Teaching at Its Best is successful at weaving the latest research on teaching and learning into what was already a thorough exploration of each topic. New information on how we learn, how students develop, and innovations in instructional strategies complement the solid foundation established in the first two editions."Marilla D. Svinicki, Department o
Excellent book, biased at times
By R. Kristiansen - July 24, 2011
I have been avidly reading this book in preparation for the fall semester, and was prepared to give it 5 stars until I reached pg. 225. Here, the author states "Given that the social sciences rely on flawed data and analyses and ideologically shaded theories, the standards for evidence are more relaxed than they are in the physical and biological sciences." Everything else is the book is backed up by peer-reviewed references, but this is purely the opinion of the author (no citations). Before the quote stated above, she says that social scientists rarely do experimental research, our research is invalid or unreliable, and our statistical methods inaccurate. Normally I would just pass this off as ignorance and move on, but this book is meant to educate faculty, and furthering this stigma of psychology (or other social sciences) as not being "real science" only further divides the scientific community. Informing students that they "must learn to view their own research results results... read more
Outstanding collection of practical tips and techniques
By William Hayes (email@example.com) - August 14, 1999
Linda has done an excellent job of compiling and explaining some of the best available techniques for teaching and survival as a professor in the modern university environment. The text is highly readable and extremely practical. I have taught for 24 years in a variety of colleges and each time I open the book I find something new to try.
Don't Teach Without It!
By Dennis White "Dr. White" - May 16, 2009
Dr. Linda B. Nilson has spent a good part of her professional career in higher education speaking, writing, and teaching about how to be an effective college instructor. Her latest contribution to that effort, Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, 2nd Edition, may be the most comprehensive work to date on the subject.
This is a "real world" book about teaching at the college level. Written in a comfortable 2nd person style, it takes a would-be instructor through all the steps from preparing to teach to evaluating how effective the instruction has been. The discussion on understanding different learning styles and using appropriate teaching strategies to reach diverse learners is straight forward and easy to understand.
In her preface to the book, Nilson says that "Like the first edition, this revision is designed primarily for use in colleges and universities with high standards of instructional excellence". Believe it - and... read more
Qualitative research (QR) is the method of inquiry that seeks to understand social phenomena within the context of the participants' perspectives and experiences. The research methods of QR are more ...
"Provocative and illuminating, this book is a must read for adult educators seeking to understand and facilitate transformational learning. It showcases a stellar group of authors who not only engage ...
The authors model practices that instructors at every level may use to get off to a good beginning, maintain motivation in the mid-semester doldrums, and achieve successful closure at the And. Each ...