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ERIC Number: ED558853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 177
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-8892-7192-7
Paths to Learning: Teaching for Engagement in College
Tobolowsky, Barbara F., Ed.
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
Higher education institutions are more diverse than ever before, as are the students they serve. Because of this great diversity, there is no silver bullet--one approach--that will work for teaching all students in all circumstances. This book offers a succinct description of several pedagogical paths available to faculty that can actively engage all students. In addition to providing the most recent information on learning and assessment, individual chapters tackle different approaches, including critical pedagogy, contemplative pedagogy, strengths-based teaching, and cooperative/collaborative learning. While the discussion is grounded in theory, authors present examples of applying these approaches in physical and virtual learning environments. "Paths to Learning" is a valuable overview of engaging pedagogies for educators seeking to sharpen their teaching skills, which in turn, will help students become more confident and successful learners. Following a list of figures and foreword by Jennifer R. Keup, this book is organized into the following chapters: (1) Paths to Learning: An Introduction (Barbara F. Tobolowsky); (2) Research on Successful Learning Practices (Jillian Kinzie); (3) Historical Overview of Learning Theories (James E. Groccia, Stacey C. Nickson, Chenzi Wang, and Heather Hardin; (4) Critical Pedagogy and the Struggle for Social Change (Nana Osei-Kofi); (5) Embracing Contemplative Pedagogy in a Culturally Diverse Classroom (Laura I. Rendón and Vijay Kanagala); (6) Strengths-Oriented Teaching: Pathways to Engaged Learning (Laurie A. Schreiner); (7) Interactive Group Learning (James E. Groccia, Emad A. Ismail, and S. Raj Chaudhury); (8) Engaging Students in Online Environments (Amy Collier); (9) Assessment of Classroom Learning (Wendy G. Troxel); and (10) Summary and Conclusion (Barbara F. Tobolowsky). An index and a section about the contributors is included.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition