Can't wait to find out more? Here is a list of books, articles, websites, and journals that have something to do with teaching and learning issues. Almost all of the book titles are in the LVC library holdings. If you know of additional sources that would be appropriate, pass them along.
LVC blog discussion (see Discussion Topics to the right)
One of the best resources is each other, and you don't have to wait until the next meeting. Feel free to comment, post ideas, etc so others can find out what you're doing and thinking. For now, this is an experimental blog site until the college develops something else we can use. You can respond to posts I've made in the various categories (but cannot post new items for now). Note that the entire CETL site is also migrated here to see how it might work with this type of technology--let me know what you think.
Websites related to teaching and learning
Educause is a major organization concerned with learning in higher education, particularly with understanding uses of technology, understanding of digital media literacy, etc. This link points to their resources on T&L, including lots of white papers, podcasts, blogs, and wikis. A rich site to browse through.
This collection includes a wide variety of articles on the academy, graduate students and postdocs, academic careers, teaching and learning, and research.
- Journal on Excellence in College Teaching (available online through Bishop card catalog)
- Teaching Professor (available online at Bishop)
Read this first. This book summarizes the results of a 15-yr study of highly successful college and university faculty and gets at the root of what they do, why they do it, and why it works.
An excellent reference providing suggestions for a variety of issues.
An excellent starter for understanding learning, expert/novice differences, transfer of learning, and instructional application. The book is available in the LVC library, but the text can be accessed online at http://newton.nap.edu/html/howpeople1.
Boyer makes the case for why teaching should be considered as much a scholarly activity as research and how the two are truly intertwined.
Through his research work at Harvard's Project Zero, Gardner redefined our notion of intelligence when he introduced the concept of multiple intelligences. This book is an update of his ongoing work in this area.
Bruner's ideas on education and learning have had dramatic impact on our educational system. This is an oldie, but definitely a goodie (1966).
This is the definitive resource on a wide variety of instructional design philosophies, approaches, and examples. Such concepts as constructivist learning environments, learning by doing, elaboration theory, collaborative problem solving, and many others are described by proponents of each. Contents are organized into cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development.
A great book on learning and how we should structure education accordingly.
The first few chapters provide a well-written overview of learning and designing authentic, contextual instruction from a constructivist perspective.
A seminal work on mental model research.
The concept of mental models attempts to explain how people assimilate new information into existing knowledge. The complex framework for how information is organized in the brain is referred to as structural knowledge, and this text offers techniques for assessing learners' mental models.
This collection includes the materials provided on the website along with a few additional articles.
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