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June 11, 2008, 06:32 PM ET

Summer Reading That May Improve Your Fall Teaching

Sometimes, we need a summer’s break from things academic, but if you might enjoy a book on improving teaching and learning, here’s a good list.

Pat Cross forwarded it to me. It was created this year by a number of members of the POD Network, the national association of faculty developers. At the end of this list, I suggest four other books that may also be of interest.

Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bain, K. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cooper, J. L., Robinson, P., & Ball, D. (Eds). (2003). Small Group Instruction in Higher Education: Lessons From the Past, Visions of the Future. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

Bean, J. (1996). Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Biggs, J. (2003). Teaching for Quality Learning at University (2nd ed.) Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.

Feldman, K., & Paulsen, M. (Eds.) (1998). Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Fink, D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Forsyth, D. R. (2002). The Professor’s Guide to Teaching: Psychological Principles and Practices. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Fry, H., Ketteridge, S. & Marshall, S. (Eds.). (2003). A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education, (2nd ed.). London: Kogan Page Publishers.

Gardiner, L. F. (1994). Redesigning higher education: Producing dramatic gains in student learning. Washington, DC: ASHE Higher Education Report.

Hativa, N. (2001). Teaching for effective learning in higher education. New York: Springer.

King, P. M., & Kitchener, K. S. (1994). Developing reflective judgment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kalman, C. (2008). Successful science and engineering teaching: Theoretical and learning perspectives. New York: Springer.

Kalman, C. (2006). Successful science and engineering teaching in colleges and universities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Leamnson, R. (1999). Thinking about teaching and learning: Developing habits of learning with first year college and university students. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Loacker, G. (Ed.) (2000). Self assessment at Alverno College. Milwaukee, WI: Alverno College.

McIntosh, M., & Kysilka, M. (2002). Teaching college in an age of accountability. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Nilson, L. B. (2003). Teaching at its best: A research-based resource for college instructors. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nuhfer, E. B., & Others, (2006). A handbook for student management teams. Camarillo, CA: California State University of the Channel Islands.

Pratt, D., & Associates. (1998). Five teaching perspectives on teaching in adult and higher education. Malabar, FL: Krieger.

Ramsden, P. (2003). Learning to teach in higher education (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.

Richlin, L. (2006). Blueprint for learning: Constructing college courses to facilitate, assess, and document learning. Sterling, VA:Stylus.

Rotenberg, R. (2006). The art and craft of college teaching: A guide for new professors and graduate students. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Stevens, Dannelle D., & Antonia J. Levi. 2004. Introduction to rubrics: An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback and promote student learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Walvoord, B. E. F., & Anderson, V. J. (1998). Effective grading: A tool for learning and assessment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Weimer, M. (2002).Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2001). Understanding by design (2nd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Zander, R. S., & Zander, B., (2000). The art of possibility: Transforming professional and personal life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Zull, J. E. (2002). The art of changing the brain. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Here are three brand new editions of books I’ve loved. I’ve ordered the first two, but haven’t received, let alone read, them yet. The third won’t even be out until the fall, but I thought I’d mention it:

Bob Diamond’s just published 3rd edition of Designing and Assessing Courses and Curricula: A Practical Handbook. The first edition is one of my most dog-eared books, and I can’t wait to see what this respected faculty developer has come up with in the new edition.

E-learning & the Science of Instruction, by Ruth Colvin Clark. She is one of that field’s leaders, and the first edition did a great job of compactly synthesizing the research and its practical implications. Since its publication in 2002, of course, the technology has advanced and we have much more empirical experience with and research on e-learning, so I’m hopeful the new edition will be well worth purchasing.

The forthcoming 2nd edition of Barbara Gross Davis’ Tools for Teaching. I am a sucker for compendia of practical tips and tricks, and, in my opinion, this is the best one for college instructors. It won’t, alas, be published until the fall.

In closing, I can’t resist mentioning one of my books: The All-in-One College Guide. It offers my thoughts on how to choose, get into, find the money for, and importantly, make the most of college — all in 200 accessible pages.

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