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Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty Paperback – October 2, 2009

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“The conclusion is easy: if you’re going to be teaching on the moon and have only one suitcase for resources, this is the book on motivation and active learning that you’ll want to pack. I know it’s the one I’d be taking with me… probably as a carry-on so I have something good to read on the way.” —The Teaching Professor, December 2009

“The book is full of practical advice and ideas for teachers who are striving to increase student engagement and learning supported by research. It is well organized and accessible. Student Engagement Techniques is an important and useful guide for any teacher interested in improving student learning.” —Gayle Venegas, Math Teacher, San Jacinto USD (Icezablog.com)

“This handbook will be useful to educators with any level of experience in the classroom. It can provide guidance to new faculty and ways to refresh a stale course for faculty who want to update or enhance their classroom experiences. While some of the SETS are common sense—and you may be using them already—the help comes from the details about how to use the SETS more effectively and how to extend or vary different activities. Even if you do not have the time to appreciate the theory presented in the first sections of the book, the SET examples alone make this book valuable for novice and experienced educators alike.” —Laura L. Carruth, Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, for CBE—Life Sciences Education, Vol. 11, 135–136, Summer 2012

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Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country,yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources.

"Given the current and welcome surge of interest in improving student learning and success, this guide is a timely and important tool, sharply focused on practical strategies that can really matter."—Kay McClenney, director, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Community College Leadership Program, the University of Texas at Austin

"This book is a 'must' for every new faculty orientation program; it not only emphasizes the importance of concentrating on what students learn but provides clear steps to prepare and execute an engagement technique. Faculty looking for ideas to heighten student engagement in their courses will find usefultechniques that can be adopted, adapted, extended, or modified."—Bob Smallwood, cocreator of CLASSE (Classroom Survey of Student Engagement) and assistant to the provost for assessment, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Alabama

"Elizabeth Barkley's encyclopedia of active learning techniques (here called SETs) combines both a solid discussion of the research on learning that supports the concept of engagement and real-life examples of these approaches to teaching in action."—James Rhem, executive editor, The National Teaching & Learning Forum

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047028191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470281918
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Barkley is an internationally known scholar, educator and consultant with over 30 years experience as an innovative and reflective college teacher. In addition to her disciplinary focus in music history, her areas of interest include engaging students through active and collaborative learning; transforming F2F and online curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners; the scholarship of teaching and learning; and connecting learning goals with outcomes and assessment.

Her traditional books include Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, Second Edition, 2014), Student Engagement Techniques (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010), and Learning Assessment Techniques (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, to be released January, 2016), and Crossroads: The Roots of America's Popular Music (Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2007)

She has also written 3 interactive digital textbooks for Kendall Hunt in conjunction with Great River Technology: Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (2013), World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (2012), and co-author with Robert Hartwell of Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (Kendall Hunt, 2015).

Elizabeth is the recipient of several teaching awards, including being named California's Professor of the Year and being identified as one of two national Carnegie Scholars in the discipline of music by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkley, she is a full-time professor of Music History at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul Davies on October 16, 2009
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In our brave new world of rapid change of images and fast paced communication, a new student has emerged where the standard instructional pattern of "I lecture, you listen" is rarely conducive to true learning. Dr. Barkley's new book is a jewel of a contribution to solving the perennial problem of student engagement as it provides a wealth of ideas and practical activities intended to truly involve students in active learning. Organized into three parts, it includes a conceptual framework for understanding student engagement that focuses on the practice and experiences of seasoned teachers. Part two offers a variety of strategies that effectively highlight key goals for any teacher: how to foster motivation, promote active learning, build and ensure an effective learning community, and the understanding of the importance of holistic learning. Fifty student engagement techniques (SETs) are presented in part three with a precise description of each together with step by step instructions for implementation in both face to face and online courses. All together, this book covers effective student engagement from just about every possible angle and any teacher wanting to transform his or her class into an exciting and powerful learning environment cannot fail to benefit from it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Venegas on October 15, 2009
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As a math teacher, I am extremely interested in improving student learning and success. Elizbeth Barkley's techniques are focused on practical strategies that can readily assist the instructor and emphasizes the importance of how students learn. It also provides precise steps in addition to 50 tips to execute student engagement and active learning. This book also offers a solid discussion of the research on learning that supports the concept of student engagement. Assisting students on how to develop learning strategies that result in improved content retention should be the goal of any teacher. Barkley suggests three conditions that lead to increased engagement. The first is a sense of classroom community. Second is that students should be working at their optimal level of challenge which is neither too hard nor too easy. Third, that students learning holistically. I am enthusiastically considering implementing these techniques. Barkley includes 50 learning activites and strategies for increasing motivation, promoting active learning, building community, helping students learn holistically, and ensuring students are appropriately challenged. The book is full of practical advice and ideas for teachers who are striving to increase student engagement and learning supported by research. It is well organized and accessible. Student Engagement Techniques is an important and useful guide for any teacher interested in improving student learning. Gayle Venegas, Math Teacher, San Jacinto USD
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Gunderson on November 10, 2009
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Student Engagement Techniques is a great resource that I am recommending to my AP colleagues! It offers inspiration as well as practical applications for student motivation and learning. The theoretical background is an excellent reminder of just what is going on (or not!) in my students' brains, while the Tips and Strategy sections offer workable approaches to engaging media-saturated students. I have already tried several of the student engagement techniques and feel rejuvenated as my students' interests are piqued by the new activities.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Greencat on October 29, 2010
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I enjoyed the book. However I respectfully submit that the author dismissed and unfortunately misrepresented the Behaviorist position on Education and Learning without exploring that position more fully.

The example of negative reinforcement given in the book is erroneous and not based on research of the definition. The author then proceeds employ many of the approaches discussed and validated in Behavioral literature, after having dismissed that very literature.

I would definitely recommend this book to college faculty, however in the next edition I would recommend the author seek a more fully rounded analysis of the research available in the field of Behavior Analysis, that is, after all, dedicated to experimental validation of methods of Education and Learning across populations.

A good start is Dr Vargas' book 'Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching' and one of the many useful journals for such research is the JABA (Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis).

Thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Milissa Carey on October 16, 2009
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Every dedicated college professor would love to be able to create a collaborative classroom which engages students in a significant learning experience, balancing motivation and active learning. The question is how. Elizabeth Barkley's book is a tremendous resource to help teaching professionals meet those goals. It is clear, practical and has a wide range of scenarios and solutions for every type of classroom. I am excited to begin applying these strategies immediately to simple problems as well as more complex ones. I found the discussion of ways to facilitate student development of learner-centered strategies particularly useful. I suspect this book will become a well-worn resource in my own teaching as I work toward transforming my classroom into a more dynamic learning environment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Terrell on March 21, 2012
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This book is based on the author's lifelong experience that includes time as an academic administrator, and is worth reading for it insight and clarity. The author deals with "student engagement at college level" in a systematic profound way giving the reader lots of tips and ideas about how to be an "engaging" teacher. This is a valuable reading for both experienced as well as rookie teachers, providing an ample set of references to those who want to go deeper into the subject.
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