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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
The Reflective Professional

Second Edition

May 2009 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This book provides teachers in higher education with what they need - a compelling framework for improving student learning. It combines a comprehensive synthesis of the latest research on learning and teaching with practical strategies for implementing it in their classrooms' - Professor Ken Bain, Author of What the Best College Teachers Do, Vice Provost for Instruction, Montclair State University

Praise for the First Edition:

`For too long we have waited for a book that brings together the best contemporary thinking about learning and teaching and that connects with academics' everyday teaching practice in an engaging way. At last, in this book, we have it' - Ronald Barnett, Institute of Education, University of London

Worldwide, higher and professional education services are challenged by increased student numbers and diversity, tougher demands for professional accountability, increasing calls for educational relevance and thinning resources. This new edition addresses key issues in the practice and theory of teaching and learning in the sector and includes fully updated discussions of:

- the professional in academic practice

- mentoring

- teaching with technology

- the relationship between learning objectives, outcomes and assessment

- the novice teacher

The authors draw on theory, practice and current research to provide a new way of thinking about the many aspects of learning and teaching in higher education, enabling readers to reflect critically on their teaching. They also propose a model for continuous professional development appropriate to the higher education academic community.

Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: The Reflective Professional is for lecturers, researchers, staff developers and others involved in teaching in higher and professional education.

Greg Light is Director of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence and an associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Chicago. Roy Cox was a visiting academic at the University of London where he helped establish one of the first centres for learning and teaching in higher education in the world. Susanna Calkins is Associate Director for Faculty development at the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence.

Introduction: The Challenge of Professionalism
The Reflective Professional in Academic Practice
A Critical Matrix of Learning and Teaching
Designing: Course and Curriculum Design
Lecturing: Large-group Teaching
Facilitating: Small-group Teaching
Supervising: Project, Dissertation, and Thesis Guidance
Innovating: Teaching with Technology
Assessing: Student Assessment
Evaluating: Teaching and Course Evaluation
Realizing the Reflective Professional
Appendix: Structured Observation of Teaching: Guidelines

The book identifies strategies for specific learning difficulties as well as inclusion for all. Easy to navigate. it was great for beginning in HE

Miss Hannah Bryant
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University
September 21, 2021

This text offers insight into the Teaching and Learning theoretical models, which would be a benefit to anyone teaching in higher education, who wishes to advance their professional development and become a more effective teacher. Additionally, the case studies are useful as it helps to see the ideas or concepts in practice.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
January 9, 2019

essential reading for any new lecturer or teacher. Very good book,

Mr David lawson
Faculty Of Health, Edge Hill University
June 6, 2016

A very professionally written and detailed book, with a good coverage of theory within teaching and learning, relevant practical recommendations and small cases included.

Mrs Oksana Jorgensen
Marketing , International Business Academy
April 2, 2016

A good book for anyone beginning their PGCE course. All relevant information is present and backed up with theory.

Mrs ellen margaret duncan-jones
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
December 10, 2015

This book draws upon decades of research and teaching experience within a HE setting, examining the principle issues facing the academic professional. Practical teaching strategies are discussed and evaluated with a refreshing lack of bias towards current trends. This is a must read for all trainee teachers within HE.

Mr David Thompson
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
October 21, 2015

clearly structured and set out a good introduction to some of the key concepts of teaching and learning in adult education

Miss sarah louise burns
Faculty Of Health And Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
January 28, 2016

This book has been used for supporting the knowledge requirements for the Diploma in Education and Teaching. Used by teachers for course development and learners for their research elements.

Mrs Patricia Ann Allison
NVQ Office, Wiltshire and Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd
September 22, 2015

This book is in constant use by the tutors and learners alike for research and teaching resource. Essential book to have in library of resources.

Mrs Patricia Ann Allison
NVQ Office, Wiltshire and Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd
November 4, 2016

It is a very good book, well-written, easily understandable and close to my needs and expectations as a lecturer

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
April 25, 2015

While the essential character and approach of this book have been retained, this new edition has been substantially updated with references to recent research, literature and teaching practices. When the book was first published, the millennium had just happened. Now, after almost a decade, we have seen startling changes in the use of technology in higher education and the increasing globalization of learning and teaching.
Having been situated in both London and Chicago during this time, the authors were also conscious of the international tensions differentiating the study and practice of learning and teaching – particularly between the UK and the US. This new edition consciously draws upon the diverse body of international literature and describes key areas of agreement.

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