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The Professor’s Puzzle is designed as a handbook for new and aspiring professors to help them transition from the independent research of their doctoral program to classroom teaching. Unfortunately, acquiring a Ph.D. often does not involve real preparation for teaching. One cannot assume that mastering content necessarily means one is qualified to teach it.
Drawing from years of experience training young faculty members, professor Michael S. Lawson gathers together the best of educational research and practices, leavened with the yeast of Christian theology, so that readers are equipped to put the “teaching puzzle” together. Ideal for aspiring professors in Christian higher education, as well as all who enter the teaching profession, so they may learn artful teaching and careful administration.
Michael S. Lawson (Ph.D., Oklahoma University) is senior professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and Coordinator of the Doctor of Educational Ministries Degree.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1 – A Philosophy for Christian Secondary and Higher Education Chapter 2 – Helping Students and Teachers Integrate Learning Chapter 3 – Learning Theories for the Practitioner Chapter 4 – Planning Skills in Syllabus Design Chapter 5 – Mastering Content Chapter 6 – Managing Skills: The Classroom Experience Chapter 7 – Evaluating Skills: Assessing Students, Courses, and Professors Chapter 8 – Instructing Skills: Using Appropriate Variety Chapter 9 – Relating Skills: A Particularly Christian Idea Chapter 10 – Institutional Realities