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Fall 2011 Faculty Book Discussion Group

It seems only appropriate to begin a series of book discussions focusing on teaching and learning with Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do (2004), since it all begins with us.  “With the strong conviction that good teaching can be learned,” historian, educator and author Ken Bain presents observations that will surely lead to some fabulous discussion within the group, as participants deliberate how we might incorporate his interesting approaches to teaching in our own classes. “Bain’s sound and scholarly yet exuberant promotion of America’s ‘best college teachers’ abounds with jaunty anecdotes and inspiring opinions that make student-centered instruction look not only infectious, but downright imperative.”  Join the discussion of this short and entertaining book, which argues that “the best teachers know their subjects inside and out—but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provide impassioned responses.” 

The Faculty Book Discussions will take place on Mondays, 2:00-3:00, starting on Monday 10/17 and meeting every other week:  10/17 in CUE 331E, and 10/31, 11/14, 11/28 in CUE 133.  Books will be provided for those who register. Attendance at all of the sessions is expected.

To register: email laurie.wolfley@uconn.edu

Previous Discussions
  • Fall 2011: What the Best College Teachers Do, Ken Bain
  • Spring 2010: The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, Loius Menarnd and Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind, Eds. Guring, Chick and Hynie
  • Fall 2008: Generation ME, Jean Twenge and Teaching Today's College Students: Widening the Circle of Success, Angela Provitera McGlynn
  • Fall 2007: Rights and Wrongs in the College Classroom: Ethical Issues in Postsecondary Teaching, Jordy Rocheleau and Bruce W. Speck
  • Spring 2007: What the Best College Teachers Do, Ken Bain
  • Fall 2006: The Missing Professor, Thomas B. Jones
  • Spring 2006: My Freshmen Year, Rebekah Nathan; Leaving the Lectern, D. McManus
  • Fall 2005Engaging Large Classes, Stanley & Porter, Eds.; Declining by Degrees, Richard Hersh & John Merrow, Eds.
  • Spring 2005: Thinking about Teaching and Learning: Developing habits of learning with first year college and university students, R. Leamnson
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