ERIC Number: ED363153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Improving Your Classroom Teaching. Survival Skills for Scholars. Volume 1.
This book for new college teachers is a guide to the fundamentals of college teaching organized around research-identified components of effective instruction. Individual chapters focus on enthusiasm, preparation and organization, the ability to stimulate thought and interest, clarity, and knowledge and love of the content. Chapter 1 takes an overview of effective teaching and challenges the myths that no one knows what makes teaching effective and that good teachers are born, not made. Chapter 2 on enthusiasm discusses the concrete actions that convey enthusiasm and their inherent complexities. Chapter 3 on preparation and organization covers identifying objectives and deciding on course content, designing learning activities, classroom policies and procedures, syllabus, and structure. Chapter 4 on stimulating student thought and interest covers discussions, group work, collaborative learning, and whether motivating instruction is entertainment. Chapter 5 on clarity looks at discerning whether students understand, making content relevant, and using examples effectively. Chapter 6 challenges prevalent assumptions about content and its role in teaching. Chapter 7 is on assessing student learning and teaching effectiveness and looks at evaluating exams, written work, project and presentations, and grades. Each chapter offers suggestions for further reading. Contains 34 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Course Content, Educational Assessment, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Material Development, Student Motivation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Methods
SAGE Publications, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320 (hardcover: ISBN-0-8039-4975-8; paperback: ISBN-0-8039-4976-6, $11.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A