What the latest science of learning tells us about inspiring, effective, and inclusive teaching at the college level.
College instruction is stuck in the past. If a time traveler from a century ago arrived on today’s campuses, they would recognize only too well the listlessness of the lecture hall and the awkward silence of the seminar room. Yet we know how to do better. Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis, two of the world’s foremost innovators in higher education, turn to the latest research and methods to show how teachers at every kind of institution can help students become independent, creative, and active learners.
The New College Classroom helps instructors in all disciplines create an environment that is truly conducive to learning. Davidson and Katopodis translate cutting-edge research in learning science and pedagogy into ready-to-use strategies to incorporate into any course. These empirically driven, classroom-tested techniques of active learning—from the participatory syllabus and ungrading to grab-and-go activities for every day of the term—have achieved impressive results at community colleges and research universities, on campus, online, and in hybrid settings.
Extensive evidence shows that active-learning tools are more effective than conventional methods of instruction. Davidson and Katopodis explain how and why their approach works and provide detailed case studies of educators successfully applying active-learning techniques in their courses every day, ensuring that their students are better prepared for the world after college.
Offers a wealth of examples of how to make lecture classes less listless and seminars less silent, while making students into more independent, creative and active learners…An ideal guide to innovative ways to facilitate and deepen student learning. Everyone who teaches (or hopes to teach) college, will find this book a provocative and stimulating source of ideas about how to make our classrooms more equitable, participatory and interactive.
A practical guide to more effective and engaged college teaching, with an emphasis on how to promote active learning among college students.
A pedagogical treasure trove, Davidson and Katopodis’s new book illuminates exciting and inspiring ways we can build on these histories of activist teaching. It is required reading for educators who aspire to follow in the footsteps of our predecessors by teaching students not only to navigate the world, but to change it.
The New College Classroom is a guidebook and a DIY manifesto for change in college teaching…This book can help any instructor striving for just and excellent teaching.
In a book that is both inspirational and deeply practical, Davidson and Katopodis offer classroom instructors all the tools they need to transform traditional classrooms into learning environments that engage and empower twenty-first-century students. Grounded in cognitive science and classroom-tested examples from across the globe, The New College Classroom belongs in the hands of any educator—regardless of academic discipline—truly interested in changing students’ lives with effective teaching.
Davidson and Katopodis promise the moon: to provide ways for instructors to help every student learn, while also reducing the burdens for both teachers and students. Spoiler alert: they deliver! Whatever your goals—equity, effectiveness, deep learning, even enjoyment—you will find clear, practical ideas about active, participatory, student-centered learning. There’s something for every teacher, however experienced, and in any field. Read this book!
The New College Classroom is one of the first books to address the challenge of transforming post-secondary education. In a clear, comprehensive, and compelling manner, the authors show classrooms where active and engaged learning is happening and explain the teaching practices that make the difference. This book is a must-read for every teacher and administrator in higher education.
Bold, brilliant, and beautiful. Davidson and Katopodis challenge us to reimagine what happens in the classroom so that it becomes a capacious place of learning and engagement for both students and teachers. They offer theoretical insight, but more importantly they share strategies, ideas, and examples to help spark our own creativity. In the process, they provide us with a vision of possibility for the spaces, indeed the very worlds, we inhabit.
Free of jargon, respectful of the ever-increasing workload of the professoriate, and passionate about the transformative potential of higher education, this book should be read by every educator and administrator, from those brand new to teaching to those who have been at it for decades.
- 2023, Winner of the Frederic W. Ness Book Award
- 320 pages
- 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
- Harvard University Press
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