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The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom

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In this second edition of the book that has become a classic in the field, award-winning author Stephen D. Brookfield offers inspiration and down-to-earth advice to new and seasoned teachers. The Skillful Teacher is a comprehensive guide that shows how to thrive on the unpredictability and diversity of classroom life and includes insights developed from the hundreds of workshops conducted by the author. This new edition also reflects the many changes that have come about in the decade since the book was first published and includes new chapters that deal with emerging topics such as classroom diversity and teaching in online learning environments.

The Skillful Teacher explores the assumption that skillful teaching is grounded in constant research into how students experience learning. The book explores the three R's of skillful teaching: respect, research, and responsiveness. Brookfield offers practical guidance on aspects of the teaching experience that range from lecturing creatively to giving helpful evaluations. The book also lays out a plan for constantly renewing one's engagement in teaching.

Brookfield draws on decades of professional experience and research on teaching and learning to identify key concerns in the teacher-learner relationship, such as building trust with students and overcoming resistance to learning. Readers will also find practical advice on lecturing, discussions, role-playing, simulation, and other instructional techniques. Written for the thoughtful professional, The Skillful Teacher is a hands-on survival manual for restoring confidence, effectiveness, and vigor to the critical practice of teaching.

Book News Annotation:

For college educators, Brookfield (higher and adult education, U. of St. Thomas, Minneapolis and Columbia U.) offers advice for teaching in higher education and illustrates with examples of his own and others' experiences. He discusses students' experiences of teaching and learning, assumptions of skillful teaching, how to understand classrooms, the importance of credibility and authenticity, and specific practices such as lecturing, discussion, teaching in diverse classrooms, evaluations, and responding to student resistance. Also addressed are political aspects and teaching philosophies. The book comes out of issues and questions that arose in faculty development workshops he has lead. The new edition is completely revised and takes into account online education and diversity. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Praise for the First Edition of The Skillful Teacher

"Insights and practical suggestions to college educators for whom teaching students is a major part of their professional responsibility. . . . [Brookfield] will become to the field of education what Peter Drucker has become to management: a scholar who educates and influences practitioners in the field through incisive and challenging writing."

—Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education

"Readable, innovative, and perceptive. . . . The final chapters on the political realities and phenomenological truths of college teaching alone are worth the price of the book, especially for prospective, new, or veteran college, adult, or continuing education teachers."

Choice

"In an educational world that seems to be dominated by prescriptive exhortations. . .this book provides a refreshing step back from those preoccupations to look at the human relations that always are at play between teacher and student and between student and student."

TESL Canada Journal

Synopsis:

In this second edition of the book that has become a classic in the field, award-winning author Stephen D. Brookfield offers inspiration and down-to-earth advice to new and seasoned teachers. The Skillful Teacher is a comprehensive guide that shows how to thrive on the unpredictability and diversity of classroom life and includes insights developed from the hundreds of workshops conducted by the author. This new edition also reflects the many changes that have come about in the decade since the book was first published and includes new chapters that deal with emerging topics such as classroom diversity and teaching in online learning environments.

About the Author

Stephen D. Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to moving to Minnesota, he was professor in the Department of Higher and Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is still adjunct professor. A four-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education, he is the author of numerous books on teaching including Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Developing Critical Thinkers, The Power of Critical Theory, and Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning.

Table of Contents

Preface.

About the Author.

1. Experiencing Teaching.

2. The Core Assumptions of Skillful Teaching.

3. Understanding Our Classrooms.

4. What Students Value in Teachers.

5. Understanding and Responding to the Emotions of Learning.

6. Lecturing Creatively.

7. Preparing Students for Discussion.

8. Getting Students to Participate in Discussion.

9. Teaching in Diverse Classrooms.

10. Giving Helpful Evaluations.

11. Teaching Online.

12. Responding to Resistance.

13. Dealing with the Politics of Teaching.

14. Surviving Emotionally.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787980665
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Classroom Planning
Author:
Brookfield, Stephen D.
Subject:
College teaching
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Teaching & Learning (Higher Education)
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
231 x 164 x 28 mm 18.24 oz

Related Subjects

Education » General
Education » Higher Education
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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"Synopsis" by , Praise for the First Edition of The Skillful Teacher

"Insights and practical suggestions to college educators for whom teaching students is a major part of their professional responsibility. . . . [Brookfield] will become to the field of education what Peter Drucker has become to management: a scholar who educates and influences practitioners in the field through incisive and challenging writing."

—Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education

"Readable, innovative, and perceptive. . . . The final chapters on the political realities and phenomenological truths of college teaching alone are worth the price of the book, especially for prospective, new, or veteran college, adult, or continuing education teachers."

Choice

"In an educational world that seems to be dominated by prescriptive exhortations. . .this book provides a refreshing step back from those preoccupations to look at the human relations that always are at play between teacher and student and between student and student."

TESL Canada Journal

"Synopsis" by , In this second edition of the book that has become a classic in the field, award-winning author Stephen D. Brookfield offers inspiration and down-to-earth advice to new and seasoned teachers. The Skillful Teacher is a comprehensive guide that shows how to thrive on the unpredictability and diversity of classroom life and includes insights developed from the hundreds of workshops conducted by the author. This new edition also reflects the many changes that have come about in the decade since the book was first published and includes new chapters that deal with emerging topics such as classroom diversity and teaching in online learning environments.
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