"A research-based defense of a pedagogical approach that offers an alternative to the teacher-centered lecture model of instruction." (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
"This book is essential reading for everyone in higher education. Doyle has marshaled the evidence that proves the effectiveness of learner-centered pedagogy, and he has presented that research in a very accessible and engaging style. Doyle leaves no room for doubt regarding the need to adopt learner-centered practices." (Michael Harris, Chancellor and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Education and Business)
“Doyle’s latest book offers new and compelling contributions to the literature on learner-centered teaching (LCT). Drawing on research from neuroscience, biology, and cognitive psychology, his topics include convincing students to do the work, using authentic learning, sharing power, teaching to all senses, and emphasizing patterns, repetition, and exercise. A final chapter convinces others to embrace LCT. Doyle’s relevant examples include his own conversion as a reading teacher. His clear explanations lead to practical classroom applications.” (Barbara J. Millis)
“In this new volume Doyle provides a research-based rationale for learner-centered teaching practices. Drawing on current research on neuroscience, biology, cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology, as well as his own teaching experiences that span several decades, he provides a wealth of practical applications, synthesizing the research for us and presenting it in his characteristic easy style and humor. Doyle demonstrates how learner-centered pedagogy optimizes student learning potential. Those new to learner-centered theory as well as those who have already embraced the concepts, will benefit from this book.” (Roxanne Cullen, co-author of
About the Author
Before arriving at UNC, Dr. Zakrajsek was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor.
Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He holds positions on editorial boards for several journals and has both published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries. Watch the Todd's TED Talk here.
Terry Doyle is the Chief Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at Ferris State University. He has worked with faculty on 30 campuses across the country on how to develop a learner centered teaching practice and has spoken at over fifty national, international, and regional conferences on topics of teaching and learning over the past eight years. He is a regular featured presenter at Lilly conferences. He is a Professor of Reading and Learning Disabilities at Ferris State where he has taught for the past 30 years.