Handbook of College Teaching: Theory and Applications

Handbook of College Teaching: Theory and Applications

Handbook of College Teaching: Theory and Applications

Handbook of College Teaching: Theory and Applications

Synopsis

College professors are becoming increasingly committed to effective teaching, and much has been done to improve instructional methods. This book provides solid theoretical information on educational psychology and presents practical information on teaching particular disciplines. The volume also overviews different instructional techniques and settings, and discusses general concerns likely to face college faculty.

Excerpt

It appears appropriate as an introduction to this book to discuss the methods of selecting, assembling, and categorizing the information contained in the work. Upon the invitation of the Greenwood Publishing Group to do the project, the editors wanted the help of recognized scholar-practitioners. We wanted "the masters of the craft." Also, the title of the work, Handbook of College Teaching: Theory and Applications, dictated the boundaries of the project and would, we felt, provide focus for the scholar-practitioner. It should be a reference work. It should deal primarily with undergraduate teaching at two- and four-year institutions of higher education. It should emphasize the practical application of theory within the domain of college classroom teaching. Ibis should be the constant theme of those invited to write.

The editors felt that the writing should be done in essay style, thus permitting the greatest degree of freedom for the writers to express their thoughts and to combine theory and practice. Those invited to write were asked to emphasize what they knew, what they had tried, what had evolved, and what was successful.

Knowing what we wanted did not, however, solve the problem of where we would find such writers. Our problem was to locate the finest teacher-instructors in the United States. Second, and even more difficult, we wished to find faculty members who were both excellent theorists and practitioners. The editors asked presidents, provosts, and deans of the "Best Small Colleges" and the "Best Big Universities," as listed in the 1991 College Guide of America's Best Colleges published by U.S. News and World Report, to provide us with the names of their best teaching faculty members based on the number of awards that the faculty members had won, with priority being given to awards based on student vote. We asked, where possible, for the administrative officer to supply us with a list of those who had been recognized in the last five years.

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