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by Betty Dessants,Michael Flamm,Cynthia Fleming,Charles B. Forcey Jr.,Eric Rothschild,Alan Brinkley

Unlike their counterparts on the high school or elementary school level, those who teach college students have extensive training in their various disciplines, but surprisingly little instruction in the craft of teaching itself.The Chicago Handbook for Teachers is an extraordinarily helpful guide for all those who face the challenge of putting together material for a course and then making it work. Representing teachers at all stages of their careers, the authors, including distinguished historian Alan Brinkley, offer practical advice for almost any situation a new teacher might face, from preparing a syllabus to managing classroom dynamics. Beginning with a nuts and bolts plan for designing a course, the handbook also explains how to lead a discussion, evaluate your own teaching, deliver an effective lecture, supervise students' writing and research, create and grade exams, and more. Other sections address the less straightforward aspects of teaching, such as dealing with "diversity issues" and knowing where to draw the line in relationships with students. Particularly timely is an up-to-date discussion of when and how best to incorporate the Internet and other electronic resources into your teaching.Indispensable for graduate students and new teachers, The Chicago Handbook for Teachers is also a useful refresher for the experienced professionals.
Download The Chicago Handbook for Teachers: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom (Chicago Guides to Academic Life) epub
ISBN: 0226075117
ISBN13: 978-0226075112
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: Betty Dessants,Michael Flamm,Cynthia Fleming,Charles B. Forcey Jr.,Eric Rothschild,Alan Brinkley
Language: English
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (December 1, 1999)
Pages: 195 pages
ePUB size: 1133 kb
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Rating: 4.6
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I couldn't decide whether to give this guide three or four stars.
The book is written by a team of authors with chapters on preparing a course, getting through the first weeks, discussions and lectures, student writing and research, tests, evaluations, etc.
The handbook would be most valuable to beginning teachers who may know the course material but have no experience in developing or teaching a course.
Some reviewers point out that with its emphasis on class discussions, student papers, test essays, and multicultural discussions/issues, the handbook is more geared towards arts and humanities rather than the sciences, which rely on less of these activities. While this is certainly true, I find that the books biggest drawback is its bland feel. The book tries to speak to the new professor at Big University, U.S.A., but in trying to speak in general to everyone, it instead speaks to nobody.
The book is easy to read and is not too technical, and the price is fantastic. I did not find as many specific tips on teaching as I had hoped, and some of the tips seemed obvious.
If you are a new college teacher (especially in the humanities area), this book can help you figure out some of the basics.
This book has a lot of common sense information that we all like to hear. It starts with information about how to plan for your class and prepare a complete syllabus that spells out your expectations and decreases the chances of arguments with students later. There are also some great tips for writing good test questions to demonstrate what the students know rather than what they don't know.
Most of the information is geared towards classes that do a lot of literature reading and include lots of class discussions and essay writing. Class discussions are often hard to sustain and this book advises how to keep people from dominating the discussion and how to involve everyone and lessen students' fears of being wrong. This book did not include many concrete ideas for how to improve teaching or new things to try in the classroom rather it gave advice for how to make the old, common ways of teaching, such as lecturing and discussion, work.
Although this book has six authors, I still felt like I was only getting one point of view. I think this would be a more inclusive general guide to college teaching if there were viewpoints from people working in different disciplines.
Every college professor, and would-be college professor, will want to add this important book to his or her professional library. It is brimming with practical advice for achieving success in the classroom. The co-authors, themselves affiliated with a range of institutions (from liberal arts college to university research center), bring their own practical experiences to the fore. Moreover, they provide superb advice about key issues related to teaching (e.g., office hours, construction of exams, and professional conduct.) Whether one is at the beginning of his or her career or a veteran professor, this book will prove itself most beneficial.
I didn't realize when I ordered this book that it was so biased towards humantities. While they have some tips that are relevant to any educator, some of the topics which are crucial for the humanities (such as essays and hour-long class discussions) are less useful for an adjunct teaching intro chemistry!
What I'd really like to see are tips for science educators -- how to run a lab, how to teach problem solving skills, how to involve students in active learning when you have so many FACTS to cover.