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Mastering the techniques of teaching

Mastering the techniques of teaching


Joseph Lowman

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Number of Pages:248Pages
ISBN :9690008307
Binding :Paper Back




Students often complain of boring lectures, grim discussion sections, and unap­proachable professors-with good reason. Few teachers receive instruction in how to present intellectually exciting lectures, lead engaging discussions, or relate to students in ways that promote motivation and independent learning. This new book by Joseph Lowman provides that instruction.

Drawing on direct observation of teaching, the useful literature on college in­struction, and student accounts of outstanding professors, Lowman examines what con­stitutes good teaching and shows how to master effective teaching techniques. He cov­ers the major activities (such as setting objectives and planning course work) as well as the fine details of teaching (such as opening a lecture in an interesting way, encouraging comments from the quiet student, and promoting rapport with individual students).

Lowman offers detailed advice on how to improve key communication skills such as speaking in front of groups and interacting well with students. He also provides tips on ways to structure c1asses'and assignments toward specific aims, such as creating a stimulating lecture or thought provoking discussion. He reviews how teaching ability and the learning environment each contribute to the quality of teaching, details ways student ratings of instruction can be used to guide improvements, and recommends types of preparation and training needed to help graduate instructors and junior faculty improve their performance. Beginning instructors will benefit from revIewing what con­stitutes effective teaching. 

JOSEPH LOWMAN is associate professor of psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received an award for his model of teaching (outlined in Chapter One) at the Sixth National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology to Undergraduates


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