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Chun, Marc – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2012
If educators want students to practice and prepare for challenges they might eventually face, there are a number of useful strategies to connect academic learning to the "real world." One is to ask students to complete what are variously called "performance tasks," "case studies," "simulations," or "project- or problem-based learning units."…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Active Learning, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods
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Diez, Mary E.; Athanasiou, Nancy; Pointer Mace, Desiree – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2010
Many would say that while there are two ways to enter the teaching profession--traditional and alternative--there seems to be a common way to leave it: quickly. Across the board, more than half of beginning teachers leave teaching before their fifth year, and that percentage is even higher in urban public schools and for those prepared by some…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching (Occupation), Beginning Teachers, Curriculum Development
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Trautmann, Nancy M. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2008
The traditional presumption in higher education that subject-matter knowledge is sufficient for effective teaching is breaking down. One cause of this change is the growing knowledge about how people learn, a consequence of which is a heightened focus on student-centered teaching practices. Another is the increasing diversity of students seeking…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Rote Learning