Promoting Active Learning: Strategies for the College Classroom 1st Edition

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"Gives an abundance of practical advice on how active learning techniques can be used by teachers across the disciplines. Using real-life examples, the authors discuss how various small-group exercises, simulations, and case studies can be blAnded with the technological and human resources available outside the classroom. The book is engagingly written for all classroom teachers." (Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor of education, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota)

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"Gives an abundance of practical advice on how active learning techniques can be used by teachers across the disciplines. Using real-life examples, the authors discuss how various small-group exercises, simulations, and case studies can be blended with the technological and human resources available outside the classroom. The book is engagingly written for all classroom teachers." —Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor of education, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (May 11, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555425240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555425241
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is about changing teaching strategies in the classroom. The authors advocate using an "active learning" system in the classroom and believe this approach is more successful and is needed in the 21st Century classroom.
The authors took two years to finish their work. By their own admission, the authors stated their work drew heavily on the work of others. They structured the book in three parts with ten chapters.
The first part of the book focuses on defining active learning and making the case for this teaching strategy. They discuss the "empty vessel" theory of education and the evolution of the fifty-minute lecture. In order to clarify for the reader the "empty vessel" theory of education, the authors briefly explain how Socrates nurtured some of the prominent roots of Western education as he questioned, prodded, and cajoled those who came to learn from him. "Consistent with Plato's view of reality, Socrate's dialogues tried to bring forth from his followers a truth he believed they already possessed." However, this theory of learning ultimately was put aside in Europe and the United States, in part as the result of the industrial revolution. At this point in history, professors no longer saw their role as Socratic midwives, laboring to bring forth knowledge from their students. They adopted a different approach of delivering knowledge directly to the uninitiated. Today, researchers on teaching and learning remind us that students don't come to class as "empty vessels". On contrary, students arrive in class with experiences of successes and failures that can add value to a class. In part one the authors also discuss what is active learning and how it works.
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I am a college instructor at present and throughout my teaching career have stood fast to my pedagogy that active learning is a must in my teaching environment whether it was a middle or high school setting. However, is there a need for active learning in an inhouse college classroom or an online classroom platform? Absolutely...this book was my ticket to writing a professional development course for my peers on Active Learning and being able to share what it is, why it is important, what kind of activities can be done in a classroom to promote it, how to match a teacher's personality to active learning strategies, and most important how to 'engage' the student to learn. When student's feel that they can 'actively' participate and not have to sit back and listen 'passively' to lectures the learning environment in a classroom is enhanced. This book was a treasure and any Jossey Bass book is rated high with me. This particular book hits hard in regard to adult learning and keeping with the tradition of being a life-long learner. So if you are an adult teacher I highly recommend this book for you to learn how to complement yourself in the classroom and 'actively' engage your students as they learn! My course participants (10) were impressed with the course and the material came from this book. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claree on March 12, 2013
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This is a great book for tips for active learning activities and strategies. Activities can be adapted for learners of all ages.
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By Smurfbeary on July 7, 2011
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Active Learning and Student Centered Learning is the big thing today. (For a good reason, I believe.) There were several ideas that I was able to take from the book and try in my class. This could be a good book to use for professional development.
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