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Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Practical Guide for Faculty Paperback – October 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0787996888 ISBN-10: 0787996882 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • 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: #731,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this book, Blumberg encourages self-assessment and uses case studies throughout to immediately answer the question of just how to apply recommended techniques to classroom material. Blumberg’s publication is a valuable contribution to learner-centered teaching because of her twenty-five years of experience and more than fifty publications, but also because of what she draws from others. Blumberg masterfully incorporates learner-centered methodologies into the workbook itself and this is probably what makes her book most effective. Although written primarily for faculty, advisors who believe the student learning process is integral to the advising relationship could especially benefit from this book… I found the case studies more than helpful and insightful and I believe that I will turn back to this text to apply learner-centered techniques to my own courses.” —NACADA Journal, Issue 29(2)

“…if readers treat certain components of this book as a workbook and complete the activities while reading, Blumberg cleverly leaves them with a set plan for their course transformations and the lasting impression that they can overcome their own hesitation to change, as well as any other obstacles they may face. As a result, this practical and well-written book is recommended for all those who are willing to begin gradually shifting away from instructor-centered teaching towards a more learner-centered approach. This resource will be useful to a broad range of educators including instructors, faculty developers, administrators, and graduate students.” —Kathleen Moore, Brock University, for Educational Developers Caucus

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Developing Learner-Centered Teaching

Developing Learner-Centered Teaching offers a step-by-step plan for transforming any course from teacher-centered to the more engaging learner-centered model. Filled with self-assessments and worksheets that are based on each of the five practices identified in Maryellen Weimer's Learner-Centered Teaching, this groundbreaking book gives instructors, faculty developers, and instructional designers a practical and effective resource for putting the learner-centered model into action.

Praise for Developing Learner-Centered Teaching

"Developing Learner-Centered Teaching is an immediately usable book that provides a clear-cut framework for transitioning to learner-centered teaching. As a college teacher and teacher of teachers, Blumberg skillfully takes the reader step-by-step through a practical system, replete with practical, classroom-tested strategies, for making a course more learner-centered. I'm looking forward to adapting a range of valuable strategies for my own classroom and sharing them with my colleagues."
—Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for faculty development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Faculty are hungry for practical teaching approaches, based on sound theories, that they can apply to their classrooms and online learning environments. This book squarely addresses the need for transforming courses to a learner-centered approach. Building on Maryellen Weimer's groundbreaking work, Phyllis Blumberg offers faculty a series of directed rubrics allowing them to work through all levels of the Weimer model. Best of all, because she recognizes that change must be incremental, she has designed rubrics that encourage faculty to progress as their comfort levels allow. This is a 'must-have' book for faculty, administrators, and faculty developers!"

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

"More and more faculty see the value of becoming learner-centered teachers. As they do, this excellent book by Phyllis Blumberg will offer them both a rubric for assessing their progress and specific practical suggestions for transforming their teaching—and student learning!"

—Dee Fink, Dee Fink & Associates Consulting Services; author, Creating Significant Learning Experiences; and former president, Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher 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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