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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787996882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787996888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this book, Blumberg encourages self-assessment and usescase studies throughout to immediately answer the question of justhow to apply recommended techniques to classroom material.Blumberg’s publication is a valuable contribution tolearner-centered teaching because of her twenty-five years ofexperience and more than fifty publications, but also because ofwhat she draws from others. Blumberg masterfully incorporateslearner-centered methodologies into the workbook itself and this isprobably what makes her book most effective. Although writtenprimarily for faculty, advisors who believe the student learningprocess is integral to the advising relationship could especiallybenefit from this book… I found the case studies more thanhelpful and insightful and I believe that I will turn back to thistext to apply learner-centered techniques to my own courses.”—NACADA Journal, Issue 29(2)

“…if readers treat certain components of this book as aworkbook and complete the activities while reading, Blumbergcleverly leaves them with a set plan for their coursetransformations and the lasting impression that they can overcometheir own hesitation to change, as well as any other obstacles theymay face. As a result, this practical and well-written book isrecommended for all those who are willing to begin graduallyshifting away from instructor-centered teaching towards a morelearner-centered approach. This resource will be useful to a broadrange of educators including instructors, faculty developers,administrators, and graduate students.” —KathleenMoore, Brock University, for Educational Developers Caucus

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Developing Learner-Centered Teaching

Developing Learner-Centered Teaching offers a step-by-step planfor transforming any course from teacher-centered to the moreengaging learner-centered model. Filled with self-assessments andworksheets that are based on each of the five practices identifiedin Maryellen Weimer's Learner-Centered Teaching, thisgroundbreaking book gives instructors, faculty developers, andinstructional designers a practical and effective resource forputting the learner-centered model into action.

Praise for Developing Learner-Centered Teaching

"Developing Learner-Centered Teaching is an immediately usablebook that provides a clear-cut framework for transitioning tolearner-centered teaching. As a college teacher and teacher ofteachers, Blumberg skillfully takes the reader step-by-step througha practical system, replete with practical, classroom-testedstrategies, for making a course more learner-centered. I'm lookingforward to adapting a range of valuable strategies for my ownclassroom and sharing them with my colleagues."
—Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for facultydevelopment, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Faculty are hungry for practical teaching approaches, based onsound theories, that they can apply to their classrooms and onlinelearning environments. This book squarely addresses the need fortransforming courses to a learner-centered approach. Building onMaryellen Weimer's groundbreaking work, Phyllis Blumberg offersfaculty a series of directed rubrics allowing them to work throughall levels of the Weimer model. Best of all, because she recognizesthat change must be incremental, she has designed rubrics thatencourage faculty to progress as their comfort levels allow. Thisis a 'must-have' book for faculty, administrators, and facultydevelopers!"

—Barbara J. Millis, director, TEAM Center at the Universityof Texas, San Antonio, and coauthor, The Course Syllabus: ALearning-Centered Approach, Second Edition

"More and more faculty see the value of becominglearner-centered teachers. As they do, this excellent book byPhyllis Blumberg will offer them both a rubric for assessing theirprogress and specific practical suggestions for transforming theirteaching—and student learning!"

—Dee Fink, Dee Fink & Associates Consulting Services;author, Creating Significant Learning Experiences; and formerpresident, Professional and Organizational Development Network inHigher Education

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Burdick on June 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a pitch to college Instructors to shut up and give the kids something engaging and interesting to do in class. I say "Amen" to that!

Anything that moves more traditional college instructors out of the rut of proudly listening to themselves talk while their students sleep and text message their friends, is to be encouraged.

As I read this book it occurred to me that there may have been a time lag between the time Blumberg wrote it and the publication date. Somehow this publication feels about ten years out of date.

The book is way too basic for my personal classroom needs, but it could make a useful workbook for a beginning teachers' in-service day.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, DE
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By khalid Rasheed on December 14, 2014
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2009
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This is a valuable book for use by school districts and/or school who are not familiar with the concept, not individual classroom teachers.
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