Books About Teaching and Learning
Veterinary Medical Education: A Practical Guide
Hodgson JL, Pelzer JM. Wiley Blackwell, Hoboken NJ, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-119-12500-6. "Veterinary Medical Education: A Practical Guide offers a complete resource of fundamental information on key areas of veterinary education. Chapters cover topics ranging from curriculum design to learning opportunities to teaching strategies and assessment methods. Written by an international group of leading veterinary educators, the book offers a thorough examination of veterinary medical education." Veterinary Medical Education: A Practical Guide
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
Lang JM. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-118-94449-3 – “Cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, and biologists have produced a revealing body of research over the past several decades on how human beings learn, but often translating these findings into the classroom is overwhelming for busy instructors. Small Teaching bridges the gap between research and practice by providing a fully developed strategy for making deliberate, structured, and incremental steps towards tuning into how your students are hardwired to learn. Each chapter gives examples of how a particular learning phenomenon appears in everyday life, supporting research and findings, up to five small-teaching models, guidance for customizing your own models, and quick-reference features when you need inspiration fifteen minutes before class.” Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
Brown PC, Roediger HL, McDaniel MA. Belknap Press, Cambridge MA, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-674-72901-8 – “Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. More complex and durable learning comes from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skills or topic with another.” Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Ambrose SA, Bridges MW, Lovett MC, DiPietro M, Norman MK. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-470-48410-4 - "In this volume, the authors introduce seven general principles of learning, distilled from the research literature as well as from twenty-seven years of experience working on-on-one with college faculty. They have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; demographics; and organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning - from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation. These principles provide instructors with an understanding of student learning that can help them see why certain teaching approaches are or are not supporting student learning, generate or refine teaching approaches and strategies that more effectively foster student learning in specific contexts, and transfer and apply those principles to new courses." How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Kahneman D. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1 - "Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities - and also the faults and biases - of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. " Thinking, Fast and Slow
Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers
Angelo TA, Cross KP, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, 1993. ISBN: 1-55542-500-3 - "The book features fifty valuable classroom assessment techniques, each presented in a format that provides an estimate of ease of use, a concise description, step-by-step procedures for adapting and administering the technique, practical advice on how to analyze the data, pros, cons, caveats, and other useful information." Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers
The Organized Mind
Levitin DJ. Plume, New York, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-14-751631-2 - "We are constantly forced to make more - and faster- decisions than ever before. Some people become very adept at managing the hyper flow of information. The Organized Mind presents new research into attention and memory and reveals the small, simple, yet consequential, changes we can all make." The Organized Mind
Medina J. Pear Press, Seattle WA, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9832633-7-1 - "In Brain Rules, molecular biologist John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule - what scientists know for sure about how our brains work - and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives. You will discover how exercise improves cognition, every brain is wired differently, we are designed never to stop learning and exploring, memories are volatile and susceptible to corruption, sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn, vision trumps all of the other senses, and stress changes the way we learn."
Mazur E. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1997. ISBN: 0-13-565441-6 - "Many instructors have pointed out the benefits of teaching by questioning over the more traditional approach of teaching by telling. Here, at last, is a book that not only explains how to teach by questioning but also provides all of the necessary tools to implement this new approach with a minimum of effort." Peer Instruction
What the Best College Teachers Do
Bain K. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 2004. ISBN: 0-674-01325-5 - "The short answer - it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehand the subject and value human learning. The best teachers know their subjects inside and out - but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn." What the Best College Teachers Do
The Courage to Teach
Palmer PJ. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, 1998. ISBN:0-7879-1058-9 - "This book builds on a simple premise: Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teachers share one trait - they are truly present in the classroom, deeply engaged with their students and their subject and are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves."
Educating the Reflective Practitioner: Toward a New Design for Teaching and Learning in the Professions
Schon DA. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, 1987. ISBN: 1-55542-025-7 - "This book is intended especially for individuals in schools or practice settings - practitioners, teachers, students, and educational administrators - who are concerned with education for reflective practice. But it is also intended for all those who share a lively interest in the elusive phenomena of practice competence and artistry and the equally elusive processes by which these are sometimes acquired."
Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
Ko S, Rossen S. Houghton Mifflin, Boston MA, 2004. ISBN: 0-618-29848-7 - "Written by authors who have taught online themselves and have trained hundreds of other faculty to teach online, this practical and concise guide answers the most commonly asked questions and concerns, whether your are developing a complete distance learning course or want to use the Web to supplement what you do in your classroom." Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
Bowen JA. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-118-11035-5 - "Technology is profoundly changing education. If students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked " face-to-face contact with faculty. This book shows how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty."
Humor as an Instructional Defibrillator: Evidence-Based Techniques in Teaching and Assessment
Berk RA. Stylus, Sterling VA, 2002. ISBN: 1-57922-063-0 - "Humor can be used as a systematic teaching or assessment tool in your classroom and course Web site. It can shock students to attention and bring deadly, boring course content to life. This book presents numerous evidence-based humor techniques lumped into four categories: (1) forms that rely on in-class delivery, (2) forms that can be inserted in print course materials, (3) print and non-print forms that can be used on a course Web site, and (4) forms that can be incorporated into any course tests."
Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning
Kaplan M, Silver N, Lavaque-Manty D, Meizlish D. Stylus, Sterling VA, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-57922-825-5 - "Research has identified the importance of helping students develop the ability to monitor their own comprehension and to make their thinking processes explicit, and indeed demonstrates that metacognitive teaching strategies greatly improve student engagement with course material. This book - by explaining principles that teachers in higher education can put into practice in their own classrooms - explains how to lay the ground for this engagement and help students become self-regulated learners actively employing metacognitive and reflective strategies in their education." Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning
Hassed C, Chambers R. Shambhala Publications, Boston MA, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-61180-242-9 - "Mindfulness-based techniques for educators and parents to help students decrease stress, increase resilience, enhance creativity and mental flexibility, manage study- and exam-related demands, and improve communication skills."