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What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

The short answer is--it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, 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.

In stories both humorous and touching, Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential. What the Best College Teachers Do is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators.

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What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators. In stories both humorous and touching, Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential.

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2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize, Harvard University Press

About the Author

Ken Bain, a historian who studies U.S. foreign policy, is Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Defining the Best
  • 2. What Do They Know about How We Learn?
  • 3. How Do They Prepare to Teach?
  • 4. What Do They Expect of Their Students?
  • 5. How Do They Conduct Class?
  • 6. How Do They Treat Their Students?
  • 7. How Do They Evaluate Their Students and Themselves?
  • Epilogue: What Can We Learn from Them?
  • Appendix: How the Study Was Conducted
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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pennsylvania professor, December 16, 2010 (view all comments by pennsylvania professor)
This is not only the best books on college teaching and learning available in any language, it is one of the best written books I've read in recent years on any subject. Based on a fifteen-year study of people who have had enormous success in fostering deep learning,it wisely explores the thinking and actions of these highly successful teachers. One warning: It is easy to read and relatively short, but it will require careful reading and deep thought. It doesn't provide a simple guide of things that a good teacher should do. Rather it provokes you to think about important issues that shape the learning of college students. At the same time, it is full of wonderful stories that enrich the reader's understanding of basic concepts. At times, it is like reading a good novel. I've taught on the university level for the past eight years, but I strongly suspect that professors at various stages of their careers--from beginners to crusty old veterans--will find valuable insights and provocative questions in this delightful masterpiece, whether they are in the sciences, humanities, social sciences or any area of teaching.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674013254
Author:
Bain, Ken
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
College teaching
Subject:
Effective teaching
Subject:
Effective teaching -- United States.
Subject:
College teaching -- United States.
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Subject:
Education, higher
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
107-961
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
825 x 5.5 in

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