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Learner-Centered Teaching (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series)


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Publisher Comments:

In this much needed resource, Maryellen Weimer-one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching-offers a comprehensive work on the topic of learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom. As the author explains, learner-centered teaching focuses attention on what the student is learning, how the student is learning, the conditions under which the student is learning, whether the student is retaining and applying the learning, and how current learning positions the student for future learning. To help educators accomplish the goals of learner-centered teaching, this important book presents the meaning, practice, and ramifications of the learner-centered approach, and how this approach transforms the college classroom environment. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to the content delivery alone.

Learner-Centered Teaching also offers well researched advice for educators who want to transition to a learner-centered approach in their classrooms and

  • Identifies the steps to take to put into place learner-centered policies and practices
  • Provides a theoretical foundation for the learner-centered approach
  • Outlines a positive way to improve teaching
Throughout the book, Weimer clearly illustrates the difference between teacher-centered and learner-centered instruction and offers practical strategies for creating learner-centered courses.

Book News Annotation:

Weimer (teaching and learning, the Berks-Lehigh Valley College of the Pennsylvania State U.) focuses on learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom. Coverage includes an overview of relevant literature on learning, changes associated with learner- centered education in five areas—the balance of power, the function of content, the role of the teacher, the responsibility for learning, and the purposes and processes of evaluation—and key issues in implementing the learner-centered approach. Three appendices contain practical sample materials, and reading lists of additional books on active learning, successful small group dynamics, personal accounts of learner-centered teaching, and texts on learning.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Maryellen Weimer is associate professor of teaching and learning at the Berks- Lehigh Valley College of the Pennsylvania State University and is editor-in-chief of The Teaching Professor newsletter. She has author and coauthored numerous books including Teaching on Solid Ground: Using Scholarship to Improve Practice and Improving College Teaching: Strategies for Developing Instructional Effectiveness both from Jossey-Bass.

Table of Contents


The Author.

1. Lessons on Learning.

Part One: What Changes When Teaching Is Learner-Centered?

2. The Balance of Power.

3. The Function of Content.

4. The Role of the Teacher.

5. The Responsibility for Learning.

6. The Purpose and Processes of Evaluation.

Part Two: Implementing the Learner-Centered Approach.

7. Responding to Resistance.

8. Taking a Developmental Approach.

9. Making Learner-Centered Teaching Work.

Appendix A: Syllabus and Learning Log.

Appendix B: Handouts That Develop Learning Skills.

Appendix C: Reading Lists.



Product Details

Five Key Changes to Practice
Weimer, Maryellen G.
Weimer, Maryellen G.
San Francisco
Experimental Methods
Learning, psychology of
College teaching
Teaching & Learning (Higher Education)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
June 2002
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.28x6.34x.98 in. 1.15 lbs.

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