A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning
Six Evidence-Based Principles and How to Apply Them
This concise guidebook is intended for faculty who are interested in engaging their students and developing deep and lasting learning, but do not have the time to immerse themselves in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Acknowledging the growing body of peer-reviewed literature on practices that can dramatically impact teaching, this intentionally brief book: * Summarizes recent research on six of the most compelling principles in learning and teaching * Describes their application to the college classroom * Presents teaching strategies that are based on pragmatic practices * Provides annotated bibliographies and important citations for faculty who want to explore these topics further This guidebook begins with an overview of how we learn, covering such topics such as the distinction between expert and novice learners, memory, prior learning, and metacognition. The body of the book is divided into three main sections each of which includes teaching principles, applications, and related strategies - most of which can be implemented without extensive preparation. The applications sections present examples of practice across a diverse range of disciplines including the sciences, humanities, arts, and pre-professional programs. This book provides a foundation for the reader explore these approaches and methods in his or her teaching. The Authors Diane Cummings Persellin is Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. An author of over 100 articles and book chapters, her research interests focus on teacher p reparation, professional development in higher education, and applications of research on learning. Mary Blythe Daniels is Associate Professor of Spanish at Centre College. Dr. Daniels was named Centre College's National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor and received the Kirk Award for Excellent Teaching. She is a staff member of the Associated Colleges of South's Teaching and Learning Workshop, and has presented at national and international conferences.