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Teaching What You Don’t Know

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$21.00 • £16.95 • €19.00

ISBN 9780674066175

Publication Date: 10/22/2012

Short

320 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Huston’s book is illuminating even for those teaching within their expertise.—Natascha Chtena, Inside Higher Ed

As [Huston] demonstrates, teaching outside your area of competence is almost the norm in the U.S. academy… The hints and tips provided here will be valuable perhaps everywhere that there is a higher education system… Teaching What You Don’t Know will find a good audience as a rescue manual for the young, as it assuages the anxieties facing the postgraduate or the postdoctoral teacher. The book, which clearly draws on a wide range of teaching experience on the U.S. scene, offers good advice and outlines some useful strategies. Huston does, moreover, dig up issues that have become ever more pressing over the past few years.—Leslie Gofton, Times Higher Education

Have you ever been asked to deliver a lecture at short notice on a topic that is outside your comfort zone?… If so, read this book. In fact, ever found yourself wondering how you could improve your teaching, even of topics well within your expertise? Again, if so, read this book.—Celia Popovic, Innovations in Education and Teaching International

When top-down support and open communication become the norm, teaching outside one’s expertise can cease to be the nightmarish experience many feel it to be and become the illuminating and rewarding experience that Huston describes. While this is undoubtedly important, Huston’s consistently optimistic treatment of this subject and her clear suggestions for struggling teachers remain the book’s greatest strengths. Teaching What You Don’t Know is a pleasure to read and should be required reading in graduate pedagogy classes across disciplines.—Adam Pacton, Pedagogy

Moving behind the reassuring public image of professorial expertise, Huston exposes a growing but still largely hidden academic reality: university teachers—sometimes even full professors—teaching outside of their field. Interviews with dozens of university faculty convincingly establish the prevalence of the practice and clarify the institutional reasons that it will likely increase in the years ahead. But many readers will quickly move past the analysis of why university faculty must teach outside their specialty to consider the helpful advice on how to do such teaching well… It may surprise librarians how many teachers and administrators seek out this book.—Bryce Christensen, Booklist

Sometimes teachers might find themselves filling in, and Teaching What You Don’t Know is a handy book to help them deal with unexpected situations.Bookseller and Publisher

This is one of the best books I’ve read on university teaching and learning in a long time. It addresses an issue that’s seldom discussed, in a book that’s both carefully researched and wonderfully sparkling in style. The author makes a strong case that teaching outside your area of expertise is a serious and extensive problem, and she offers some highly practical advice about how to meet the challenges. I would make this book a standard text for both our new faculty program and teaching fellows program, and I suspect that many other programs will want to do the same.—Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Education Category
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