Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Contemporary classics" on the scholarship of teaching and learning

I'm occasionally asked for recommendations for where to get started in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Thankfully, Paul Corrigan has compiled a list of what I think of as the "contemporary classics" in this area. Spilling the beans, they are:

John Tagg,
The Learning College Paradigm

Dee Fink, Creating Significant Learning Experiences
Maryellen Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching

Rebekah Nathan, My Freshman Year: What a Professor
Learned by Becoming a Student

John Bean, Engaging Ideas

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Philosophic Exchange"

Philosophic Exchange looks like it has some useful teaching resources. It's a journal that publishes a series of lectures intended for a non-philosophical public. You've got Michael Della Rocca on rationalism, Al Mele on free will and neuroscience, Simon Blackburn on pragmatism, Richard Arneson on patriotism -- these could be useful pieces for introductory students.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

4 student misconceptions about learning

Imagine how students would be different if these misconceptions weren't so widespread!

  1. Learning is fast.
  2. Knowledge is composed of isolated facts.
  3. Being good at a subject is due more to inborn talent than hard work.
  4. It's easy to succeed while multitasking.