In a crowded marketplace of snake oil cure-alls for Higher Education comes this refreshingly straight-forward, sensible, and practical guide for college teachers. As Davis and Arend point out, learning is not just one thing, but many. Learning a skill is different from learning information, which is different form learning to think critically or creatively. It follows that there cannot be one way to teach it all. With careful attention to the research about multiple types of learning, Davis and Arend have provided a treasure trove of tips and techniques, from low-tech engaging discussions to high-tech virtual reality simulations, to help college teachers create learning environments that work.
– Michael Wesch, 2008 US Professor of the Year, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Kansas State University
The seven ways of learning identified by Davis and Arend will add a great deal of precision to the task of selecting the right set of learning activities for a rich, or in my language, significant set of learning goals.Another feature of this book that adds major value is the fact that the authors clearly understand the important relationships in learning-centered, integrated course design. Therefore for each of the seven ways of learning, i.e., the seven sets of learning activities, they comment on the learning goals and the assessment activities that are appropriate for that way of learning.
For those of us who care about our students’ learning – and I believe that is the attitude of the majority of teachers – this book offers valuable strategies for improving learning, and will be worth reading for years to come!
– Dee Fink
Dee Fink & Associates
Slam dunk, touchdown, goal, grand slam, ace!!! This book is fabulous. Davis and Arend have pulled together an exceptional framework for really advancing teaching and learning. This is not a tips book, it is a solid resource for better understanding effective teaching strategies by demonstrating how to anchor teaching solidly on what students need to learn. We expect students to learn a wide variety of concepts, processes, and applications. Research clearly demonstrates different strategies should be used based on what is expected to be learned. This book not only explains that research, but also gives concrete examples and solid rational for each learning approach. Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning is a winner; one I will certainly add to my faculty development collection.
I have been looking for a book that works well after I have introduced faculty to tips, basic strategies, and becoming an authentic teacher. This book is it. Davis and Arend note this material is not intended for those brand new to teaching, and although I believe just about anyone teaching at the postsecondary level could learn from this book, the primary audience really is faculty who are looking to rethink what they are currently doing. Warning….this book will result in seriously rethinking how to best facilitate learning in your students by promoting teaching practices contingent on expected learning. Seriously….well done.
– Todd Zakrajsek, Associate Professor, School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
When I saw the first drafts of this book I wanted to reach out and applaud. It is particularly welcome to find a volume that encourages us to slough off past habits and look to the students’ learning. It’s not easy; it’s not comfortable and at times it feels anything but secure, but the students gain by it and even enjoy learning. Davis and Arend’s book has much to offer the international reader, as well as the American one. Although soundly based on theory, this book is a practical primer for university teachers anywhere and everywhere.
– C Bland Tomkinson, FHEA FAUA, Honorary Visiting Pedagogic Development Adviser, Faculty of EPS, Visiting Lecturer, School of MACE, University of Manchester