Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Effective Instruction for STEM Disciplines
"The world of today's learners is a multimode, information-intensive universe of interactive bursts and virtual exchanges, yet our teaching methods retain the outdated characteristics of last generation's study-and-drill approach. New pedagogical methods, detailed and justified in this groundbreaking work, are essential to prepare students to confront the concerns of the future. The book challenges our traditional assumptions and informs the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community of the latest research on how the brain learns and retains information, how enhanced student engagement with subject material and its context is essential to deep learning, and how to use this knowledge to structure STEM education approaches that work."David V. Kerns, Jr., Franklin and Mary Olin Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and founding provost, Olin College
"Every STEM faculty member should have this book. It provides a handy introduction to the 'why and how' of engaging students in the learning process."David Voltmer, professor emeritus, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and American Society for Engineering Education Fellow
"The poor quality of math and science education and the shortage of well-qualified graduates are acknowledged almost daily in the U.S. press. Here the authors provide much-needed insights for educators seeking to improve the quality of STEM education as well as to better prepare students to solve the problems they will confront in our increasingly technology-driven world."Keith Buffinton, interim dean of engineering, Bucknell University
This groundbreaking book offers information on the most effective ways that students process material, store it in their long-term memories, and how that effects learning for long-term retention. It reveals how achieving different levels is important for “transfer” which refers to the learner’s ability to use what is learned in different situations and to problems that might not be directly related to the problems used to help the student learn. Filled with proven tools, techniques, and approaches, this book explores how to apply these approaches to improve teaching.
About the Author
Edward J. Mastascusa taught electrical engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education for excellence in teaching.
William J. Snyder is a professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University, where he was recognized for distinguished teaching.
Brian S. Hoyt is an independent consultant focusing on using information technology to enhance teaching, learning, and business processes in higher education.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
1. Is There a Problem?: Or Is the Problem That We Don't Think There Is a Problem?
2. Learning and Memory: How Does Learning Happen?
3. Perception: When All Else Fails, Start at the Beginning.
4. Processing and Active Learning: How Does It Happen?
5. Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Its Relationship to Course Outcomes.
6. Interactive Engagement and Active Learning: Retrieval Events.
7. Some Active Learning Techniques: Studying, Retrieval, and Schemata Construction.
8. Problem-Based Learning: Where Am I Ever Going to Use This Stuff?
9. Transfer: What Are Your Course Outcomes?
10. Teaching for Transfer: Applying What Is Known.
Appendix: Bloom's Taxonomy and Educational Outcomes: The McBeath Action Verbs.