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Tools for Teaching, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6567-9
608 pages
February 2009, Jossey-Bass
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This is the long-awaited update on the bestselling book that offers a practical, accessible reference manual for faculty in any discipline. This new edition contains up-to-date information on technology as well as expanding on the ideas and strategies presented in the first edition. It includes more than sixty-one chapters designed to improve the teaching of beginning, mid-career, or senior faculty members. The topics cover both traditional tasks of teaching as well as broader concerns, such as diversity and inclusion in the classroom and technology in educational settings.
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Preface.

Credits.

The Author.

PART I: GETTING UNDER WAY.

1. Designing or Revising a Course.

2. The Comprehensive Course Syllabus.

3. The First Days of Class.

4. Classroom Conduct and Decorum.

PART II: RESPONDING TO A CHANGING STUDENT BODY.

5. Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom.

6. Students with Disabilities.

7. Reentry and Transfer Students.

8. Teaching Academically Diverse Students.

PART III: DISCUSSION STRATEGIES.

9. Leading a Discussion.

10. Encouraging Student Participation in Discussion.

11. Online Discussions.

12. Asking Questions.

13. Fielding Students’ Questions.

PART IV: THE LARGE-ENROLLMENT COURSE.

14. Preparing to Teach the Large-Enrollment Course.

15. Delivering a Lecture.

16. Explaining Clearly.

17. Personalizing the Large-Enrollment Course.

18. Encouraging Student Participation in the Large-Enrollment Course.

19. Maintaining Instructional Quality with Limited Resources.

PART V: ALTERNATIVES AND SUPPLEMENTS TO LECTURES AND DISCUSSION.

20. Web 2.0.

21. Learning in Groups.

22. Informal Group Learning Activities.

23. Formal Group Learning Activities.

24. Case Studies.

25. Simulations. Role Playing, Games, and Virtual Worlds.

26. Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

27. Undergraduate Research.

28. Guest Speakers.

PART VI: ENHANCING STUDENTS’ LEARNING AND MOTIVATION.

29. Helping Students Learn.

30. Learning Styles and Preferences.

31. Motivating Students.

32. Informally Assessing Students’ Learning.

33. Mobile Learning.

PART VII: STRENGTHENING STUDENTS’ WRITING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS.

34. Helping Students Write Better in All Courses.

35. Designing Effective Writing Assignments.

36. Evaluating Students’ Written Work.

37. Homework Problem Sets.

PART VIII: TESTING AND GRADING.

38. Promoting Academic Honesty.

39. Quizzes, Tests, and Exams.

40. Allaying Students’ Anxieties about Tests.

41. Multiple-Choice and Matching Tests.

42. Short-Answer and Essay Tests.

43. Grading Practices.

44. Calculating and Assigning Grades.

PART IX: PRESENTATION TECHNOLOGIES.

45. Flipcharts.

46. Chalkboards and Whiteboards.

47. Interactive Whiteboards.

48. Overhead Projection.

49. Slide Shows.

50. Video Recordings and Clips.

51. PowerPoint Presentations.

PART X: EVALUATION TO IMPROVE TEACHING.

52. Early Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning.

53. Video Recordings and Classroom Observations.

54. The Teaching Portfolio.

PART XI: TEACHING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.

55. Holding Office Hours.

56. E-mail, Text Messages, and Instant Messages.

57. Academic Advising and Mentoring Undergraduates.

58. Guiding, Training, Supervising, and Mentoring Graduate Student Instructors.

PART XII: FINISHING UP.

59. The Last Days of Class.

60. Student Rating Forms.

61. Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students.

Index.

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Barbara Gross Davis is assistant vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley. Her areas of interest include teaching, learning, and evaluation in higher education.

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"Her advice is well grounded in research and consistently reflects best practices. Whereas some books in this area reflect the author's experiences or received wisdom, Davis draws on recent scholarship of teaching and learning to support her assertions.

There are many strengths to this book. First, it is helpfully organized as a reference guide. Readers can consult chapters as needed and do not have to read it from cover to cover. It is easy to find targeted suggestions to enhance performance or remedy a problem in a specific area. Moreover, Davis writes concisely and in very practical terms. Second, Tools for Teaching is applicable to a wide range of audiences across disciplines and experience levels.

In sum, this updated edition of Tools for Teaching is a thorough compendium of effective teaching practices. If I were to select only one book to give to a colleague or graduate student to help him or her teach, it would be this text."

--American Psychological Association PsycCritiques Vol 54, Release 43, Article 9 (October 28, 2009)

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