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Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-11928-0
304 pages
February 2013, Jossey-Bass
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In this new edition of the classic work, one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching offers a comprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom, including the most up-to-date examples of practice in action from a variety of disciplines, an entirely new chapter on the research support for learner-centered approaches, and a more in-depth discussion of how students' developmental issues impact the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to the content delivery alone.
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Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgments xiii

The Author xiv

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF THE LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH 1

1. Learner-Centered Teaching: Roots and Origins 3

2. Research: Evidence That Learner-Centered Approaches Work 28

PART TWO: THE FIVE KEY CHANGES TO PRACTICE 57

3. The Role of the Teacher 59

4. The Balance of Power 88

5. The Function of Content 114

6. The Responsibility for Learning 143

7. The Purpose and Processes of Evaluation 168

PART THREE: IMPLEMENTING THE LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH 197

8. Responding to Resistance 199

9. Taking a Developmental Approach 218

APPENDIXES 239

1. Syllabus and Learning Log Entries for Speech Communications 100A 239

2. Resources That Develop Learning Skills 249

References 259

Name Index 275

Subject Index 279

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Maryellen Weimer is a well-known writer, speaker, and proponent of effective teaching practices with more than thirty-five years of experience. She was the director of the Instructional Development Program at Pennsylvania State University for ten years and served as associate director at the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The editor of The Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching, Weimer is also the author of numerous books, including Inspired College Teaching and Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning.

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