Synopses & Reviews
"Changing College Classrooms provides useful ideas on the four hottest issues in higher education today: active learning, diversity, technology, and assessment. Every faculty member will find at least one chapter well worth reading." —Wilbert J. McKeachie, Emeritus Research Scientist, The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching"Halpern's book is a great source of wisdom about the newest approaches to teaching and learning. It is an essential resource for anyone searching for ways to make classrooms engaging and challenging. It should be in every department office and used to stimulate discussions by faculty members." —Jerry G. Gaff, vice president, Association of American Colleges
"This book is an exciting and highly useful addition to the literature on higher education and teaching. It provides concrete information and suggestions for the improvement of teaching, student learning, and the whole educational process" - from the foreword by Lee R. Kershner, former Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, California State University System (CSU), and Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, co-chair, Advisory Board. CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning. Providing college students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will prepare them for today's complex world demands a major transformation in college classrooms - from passive to active learning, from traditional textbooks to hands-on use of technology, from restrictive ways of thinking to diverse multicultural perspectives. This book combines a range of promising instructional strategies with helpful guidelines for assessing the effectiveness of instruction. It will help faculty and administrators equip students with the creative, critical, technological, and problem-solving skills - as well as a coherent sense of multicultural awareness - necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing society.
About the Author
DIANE F. HALPERN is professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino.
Table of Contents
Rethinking college instruction for a changing world / Diane F. Halpern -- Inquiry as a tool in critical thinking / Alison King -- Using examples to teach concepts / Betsy Newell Decyk -- Fostering creativity through problem solving / Cris E. Guenter -- Cooperative learning in the classroom / James L. Cooper, Pamela Robinson, Molly McKinney -- Questioning techniques for the active classroom / C. Bobbi Hansen -- Cultural diversity and cultural coherence / Bernard Goldstein -- Experiential approaches to enhancing cultural awareness / Ellen N. Junn -- Unmasking the myths of racism / Gale S. Auletta, Terry Jones -- Strategies for teaching in a multicultural environment / Elliott Robert Barkan -- Using the Internet for teaching, learning, and research / Craig Blurton -- Enhancing learning with interactive video / Penelope Semrau, Barbara A. Boyer.