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ERIC Number: ED434544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 227
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-335-20049-4
Designing Courses for Higher Education.
Toohey, Susan
This guide is intended for teachers who want to learn more about educational design of college courses. Chapter 1 identifies various pressures for change in designing courses and urges creation of conditions that foster deep learning. Chapter 2 examines various models of the course design process. Chapter 3 discusses beliefs, values and ideologies in course design, such as the traditional or discipline-based approach, the performance or systems-based approach, and the socially critical approach. Chapter 4 suggests research techniques for gathering information to make decisions about course goals and content. Chapter 5 discusses various course structures, including structure based on the logic of the subject matter; performance-, role-, and competence-based structures; project-, inquiry- or problem-based structures; and structure based on key (overarching) concepts, themes, or intellectual abilities. Chapter 6 considers ways to make learning opportunities more flexible, such as flexible entry and exit, alternative entry routes, and flexible delivery. Chapter 7 offers guidelines for formulating goals and objectives for units of study; and Chapter 8 discusses the variety of possible teaching strategies in the context of a five-step model of learning. Chapter 9 describes and compares various assessment approaches. The final chapter, Chapter 10, offers guidance for implementing the new course. (Contains approximately 150 references.) (DB)
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).