A Discipline Based Teaching and Learning Center

Author: Gili Marbach-Ad
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319016520
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This book describes the design and implementation of a discipline-specific model of professional development: the disciplinary Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). TLC was born from a strong commitment to improving undergraduate science education through supporting the front-line educators who play an essential role in this mission. The TLC’s comprehensive approach encompasses consultation, seminars and workshops, acculturation activities for new faculty members, and teaching preparatory courses as well as a certificate program for graduate students. At the University of Maryland, TLC serves biology and chemistry faculty members, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students. The Center is deeply integrated into the departmental culture, and its emphasis on pedagogical content knowledge makes its activities highly relevant to the community that it serves. The book reflects ten years of intensive work on the design and implementation of the model. Beginning with a needs assessment and continuing with ongoing evaluation, the book presents a wealth of information about how to design and implement effective professional development. In addition, it discusses the theory underlying each of the program components and provides an implementation guide for adopting or adapting the TLC model and its constituent activities at other institutions. In this book, the authors describe how they created the highly successful discipline-based Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Maryland. This is a must read for anyone interested in improving higher education. Charles Henderson, Co-Director, Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education, Western Michigan University This book will provide a much-needed resource for helping campus leaders and faculty development professionals create robust programs that meet the needs of science faculty. Susan Elrod, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Fresno State The authors provide a road map and guidance for higher education professional development in the natural science for educators at all levels. While the examples are from the sciences, the approaches are readily adaptable to all disciplines. Spencer A. Benson, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Macau

Transforming Insitutions

Author: Gabriela C. Weaver
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 1557537240
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Higher education is coming under increasing scrutiny, both publically and within academia, with respect to its ability to appropriately prepare students for the careers that will make them competitive in the 21st-century workplace. At the same time, there is a growing awareness that many global issues will require creative and critical thinking deeply rooted in the technical STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. However, the existing and ingrained structures of higher education, particularly in the STEM fields, are not set up to provide students with extensive skill development in communication, teamwork, and divergent thinking, which is needed for success in the knowledge economy. In 2011 and again in 2014, an international conference was convened to bring together university leaders, educational policymakers and researchers, and funding agency representatives to discuss the issue of institutional transformation in higher education, particularly in the STEM disciplines. Central to the issue of institutional transformation is the ability to provide new forms of instruction so that students can gain the variety of skills and depth of knowledge they will need. However, radically altering approaches to instruction sets in motion a domino effect that touches on learning space design, instructional technology, faculty training and reward structures, course scheduling, and funding models. In order for one piece to move, there must be coordinated movement in the others, all of which are part of an entrenched and interconnected system. Transforming Institutions brings together chapters from the scholars and leaders who were part of the 2011 and 2014 conferences. It provides an overview of the context and challenges in STEM higher education, contributed chapters describing programs and research in this area, and a reflection and summary of the lessons from the many authors' viewpoints, leading to suggested next steps in the path toward transformation.

Navigating Micro Aggressions Toward Women in Higher Education

Author: Thomas, Ursula
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522559434
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Gender and diversity are crucial areas that require more attention in multiple academic settings. As more women progress into leadership positions in academia, it becomes necessary to develop solutions geared specifically toward success for females in such environments. Navigating Micro-Aggressions Toward Women in Higher Education provides innovative insights into the institutionalized racism against women of color in higher education institutions. The content within this publication offers information on the historical vestiges of racist and sexist ideologies and why women of color are underrepresented in various levels of higher education leadership. It is a vital reference source for educational administrators, professors, higher education professionals, academicians, and researchers seeking information on gender studies and women’s roles in higher education.

Towards Strategic Staff Development In Higher Education

Author: Blackwell, Richard
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335212093
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This book focuses on strategic staff development in higher education, a sector in which it has been largely viewed as an operational activity with little organizational relevance. The book demonstrates how staff development needs to be based on modern theories of 'organizational learning', aligning itself with institutional and departmental needs as well as the wants and needs of individual staff.

Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication

Author: Kelsey, Sigrid
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1599048647
Format: PDF
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Technology has changed communication drastically in recent years, facilitating the speed and ease of communicating, and also redefining and shaping linguistics, etiquette, and social communication norms. The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication provides academics and practitioners with an authoritative collection of research on the implications and social effects computers have had on communication. With 69 chapters of innovative research contributed by over 90 of the world's leading experts in computer mediated communication, the Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication is a must-have addition to every library collection.

Discipline Based Education Research

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309254140
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The National Science Foundation funded a synthesis study on the status, contributions, and future direction of discipline-based education research (DBER) in physics, biological sciences, geosciences, and chemistry. DBER combines knowledge of teaching and learning with deep knowledge of discipline-specific science content. It describes the discipline-specific difficulties learners face and the specialized intellectual and instructional resources that can facilitate student understanding. Discipline-Based Education Research is based on a 30-month study built on two workshops held in 2008 to explore evidence on promising practices in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This book asks questions that are essential to advancing DBER and broadening its impact on undergraduate science teaching and learning. The book provides empirical research on undergraduate teaching and learning in the sciences, explores the extent to which this research currently influences undergraduate instruction, and identifies the intellectual and material resources required to further develop DBER. Discipline-Based Education Research provides guidance for future DBER research. In addition, the findings and recommendations of this report may invite, if not assist, post-secondary institutions to increase interest and research activity in DBER and improve its quality and usefulness across all natural science disciples, as well as guide instruction and assessment across natural science courses to improve student learning. The book brings greater focus to issues of student attrition in the natural sciences that are related to the quality of instruction. Discipline-Based Education Research will be of interest to educators, policy makers, researchers, scholars, decision makers in universities, government agencies, curriculum developers, research sponsors, and education advocacy groups.

Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms A Pedagogy for Developing Intercultural Competence

Author: Amy Lee
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118477936
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College classrooms are hopeful spaces where segregation can beinterrupted and intercultural learning can occur. This issuesupports the claim that engaging diversity in classrooms has asignificant impact on the development of students’intercultural competence. It states why intercultural skillsmatter, what they look like in practice, and how they can bedeveloped by instructors regardless of the courses they teach. Thisissue: Establishes a contemporary understanding of diversity as a coreinstitutional priority and resource Proposes a framework of engaging diversity for interculturalcompetence development Presents key theories of intercultural competency developmenthelpful to faculty that supports discipline-based and interculturallearning outcomes Presents research regarding the core skills, attitudes, andbehaviors that are requisite to effective and ethical interculturalinteractions Shows how faculty can engage diversity for interculturaloutcomes in their classrooms. This is volume 38, number 2 of the ASHE Higher EducationReport, a bi-monthly journal published by Jossey-Bass.

Contextual Teaching and Learning

Author: Elaine B. Johnson
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761978657
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Elaine Johnson demonstrates how implementing contextual teaching and learning can change students’ lives and help them achieve academic excellence.

The DBAE handbook

Author: Stephen M. Dobbs
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN:
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The DBAE Handbook was written to help art specialists and supervisors, classroom teachers, teacher educators, museum educators, and school administrators better understand and implement discipline-based art education. This comprehensive approach to teaching and learning about art for elementary, middle, and secondary school students draws upon content in four disciplines (art history, criticism, aesthetics, and production) as a basis for creating, understanding, and appreciating works of art.

Learning in and Through Art

Author: Stephen M. Dobbs
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892364947
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This Handbook provides a practical, straightforward guide to the theory and practice of discipline-based art education. This comprehensive approach to art education has transformed the way students create and understand art; it also offers opportunities for relating art to other subjects as well as to the personal interests and abilities of young learners. This completely revised edition explains how DBAE draws content from the disciplines of art-making, art criticism, art history and aesthetics, and shows how the practice of DBAE in schools over the past several years has influenced how art is taught today.