9780674013254

What the Best College Teachers Do

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674013254

  • ISBN10:

    0674013255

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-04-30
  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Summary

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators. The short answer is--it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and out--but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn. In stories both humorous and touching, Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential. What the Best College Teachers Do is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators.

Author Biography

Ken Bain is Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining the Best
1(21)
What Do They Know about How We Learn?
22(26)
How Do They Prepare to Teach?
48(20)
What Do They Expect of Their Students?
68(30)
How Do They Conduct Class?
98(37)
How Do They Treat Their Students?
135(15)
How Do They Evaluate Their Students and Themselves?
150(23)
Epilogue: What Can We Learn from Them? 173(8)
Appendix: How the Study Was Conducted 181(10)
Notes 191(10)
Acknowledgments 201(2)
Index 203

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