Teaching undergraduates by Roger L. Dominowski

By Roger L. Dominowski

This useful advisor is designed to aid university academics plan their undergraduate classes and bring fine quality guideline. The book's topic is that instructing is an inventive, decision-making, idea-testing firm whose function is to facilitate pupil studying in all of its features. Its target is to assist teachers comprehend the a number of types of studying happening of their classes in an effort to choose, devise, evaluation, and adjust instructing options to enhance their effectiveness. according to learn on human studying, reminiscence, considering, and challenge fixing, in addition to reports of training and less-formal studies of educating practices, the ebook deals concrete recommendation approximately all elements of school instructing. *Part I is dedicated to direction making plans. It outlines the various judgements teachers face in defining a direction as their very own and discusses the bigger concerns that form a path and constrain a few particular offerings. deciding upon direction content material, identifying studying pursuits, determining the best way to speed a direction, and scheduling assessments are a few of these matters. A doable timetable for getting ready a path is integrated. *Part II is a mini-course on human studying, reminiscence, and considering. It offers the conceptual beginning for making educating judgements, for choosing educational options, and particularly for inventing new innovations that will quite healthy a particular path. *Part III offers with the "nitty-gritty" of school instructing, together with easy methods to opt for a textbook; lecturing and carrying out school room discussions; varieties and reasons of writing assignments, and the way to constitution and assessment them; facing plagiarism; strengths and weaknesses of alternative different types of exams, the relation of assessments to studying targets, and directions for developing strong exams; and grading structures. *Part IV addresses specialist and moral problems with significance and final result to teachers. New university teachers, more matured school who want to give some thought to their educating practices and look at making a few adjustments, and instructing assistants will all locate this publication suitable and valuable.

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Even here, considerable latitude remains. For courses that are not the earlier part of a sequence, you need only cover topics consistent with the course title and catalog description; here the range of options is enormous. How do you choose the topics to cover? A reasonable starting point is your own identification of the important topics subsumed by a course title. It is of course sensible and helpful to seek professional consultation by asking experienced teachers of the course for copies of their syllabi.

No part of the book may be reproduced in any form, by photostat, microform, retrieval system, or any other means, without the prior written permission, of the publisher. , 1939- Teaching undergraduates / Roger L. Dominowski. p. cm. — (The educational psychology series) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8058-2989-X (hard : alk. paper) 1. College teaching. 2. College teachers. 3. First year teachers. Title. II Series. 1’25—dc21 2001023471 Books published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates are printed on acid-free paper, and their bindings are chosen for strength and durability.

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