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Teaching Tips for College and University Instructors: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

Teaching Tips for College and University Instructors: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

by David Royse
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Teaching Tips for College and University Instructors is a useful manual, a practical guide for the newest classroom teachers in higher education that provides down-to-earth advice for new assistant professors, teaching assistants, adjuncts, and doctoral students. This book provides a wealth of suggestions, techniques, and ideas for the novice instructor. It does not promote a particular teaching style or theoretical orientation, but draws upon recent research findings and years of experience in "the trenches" of higher education. There are helpful hints on such topics as writing the syllabus, how to handle complaints about "unfair" test questions and grades, how to prevent cheating, improving teaching performance, use of active learning techniques, and more effective lecturing. Using short "mini" essays and chapters, the whole spectrum of teaching at the post-secondary level is covered from the instructor's first day jitters to preparing a tenure portfolio. For new assistant professors, teaching assistants, adjuncts, doctoral students, and experienced college faculty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205298396
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 10/06/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Mental Groundwork.

How Do You View Yourself as an Educator?

Developing a Philosophy of Teaching.

What Research Says about Effective Teaching.

Respecting Differences: Diversity in the Classroom.

Graduate versus Undergraduate Teaching.

Common Anxieties of Beginning Instructors.

2.Basic Course Components.

Constructing the Syllabus.

What Needs to Be in a Syllabus.

Departing From the Syllabus.

Selecting a Text.

Problems to Avoid.

Weighting Tests, Assignments, and Participation/Attendance.

Assignments as Pedagogical Tools.

Critical Thinking.

Techniques for Developing Critical Thinking.

Assignments: How Much Is Too Much, Too Little?

Do I Have to Read Every Sentence?

Should Spelling and Grammatical Errors Be Overlooked?

What Student Presentations Could and Should Accomplish.

3.Classroom Strategies.

The First Class Meeting.

Judging How Much Material to Prepare.

Ice-Breakers and Warm-Ups.

Dynamic Lecturing.

Active Learning Strategies.

Why Use Active Learning Techniques?

Active Learning Techniques You Can Use

“Growing” Classroom Discussion

Team Teaching.

Guest Lectures.

4.Small Groups, Peer Learning, and Role-Playing.

The Pedagogical Value of Small Groups.

Cooperative Learning.

Collaborative Learning.

Common Fears about Small Groups.

Employing Small Groups Effectively.


Tips for Using Team Learning Approaches.

Grading Cooperative Learning Projects.

Peer-Assisted Learning.


5.Teaching the Large Lecture Class.

What Is a Large Class and Why Teach Them?

Who Should Teach a Large Lecture Course?

How Does One Plan for a Large Lecture Classes?

Day-to-Day Management.

Keeping Order in the Large Class.

How Do You Get to Know Your Students?

How Does Testing Change in the Large Lecture Class?

Should Quizzes and Homework Be Given?

How Should Teaching Assistants Be Used?

Is It Worth It?

6.Teaching Students How to Learn.

Engaging the Would-Be Learner.

Teaching Note-Taking Skills.

Teaching Reading Skills.

Teaching Students How to Prepare for Tests.

Teaching Students How to Take Tests.

7.Experiential Learning.

What Is Experiential Learning?

Service Learning.

8.Use of Instructional Technology.

The Electronic Classroom.

Why Universities Are Interested in Distance Learning.

Advantages of Internet Instruction.

Disadvantages and Considerations in Teaching via Internet.

Tips Teaching on the Internet.

Television-Based Instruction.

Tips for Teaching on Television.


What Do You Want Your Exams to Accomplish?

The “Pop” Quiz.

The Essay Exam.

Writing Multiple-Choice Test Items.

Writing True-False Items.

Writing Short-Answer Items.

Improving Your Tests with Item Analysis.

The Test-Taker’s Bill of Rights.

Handling Student Complaints about “Unfair” Tests and Test Questions.

Letting Students Keep Their Tests: Pros and Cons.

Missed Tests.

Examination Smorgasbord.



Who Is Concerned about Grades?

Dealing with Grade Inflation.

Selecting a Grading Philosophy and Approach.

Applying a Grading Philosophy.

Issues in Assigning Grades.

Addressing Effort and Improvement.

Constructing a Grading System.

Changing Grades.

11.Managing Problem Situations.

The Noisy Classroom.

The Talkative and Rude Student.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Diabetic Cats.

Students Who Need Special Assistance.

Motivating Students.

Rip Van Winkle and Sleeping Beauty.

“Danger, Danger, Will Robinson”: When There’s Sexual Interest.

The Instructor as Therapist and Money Lender.

The Angry and Hostile Student.

Students Who Stalk.

12.Cheating — What You Need to Know.

Prevalence of Cheating.

Factors Underlying Student Cheating.

The Ways Students Cheat on Tests.

Suggestions for Minimizing Cheating on Tests.


13.Humor in the Classroom.

The Classroom Devoid of Humor.

A Taxonomy of Humor.

Self-Deprecating Humor.

Ethnicity, Gender, and Politically Incorrect Jokes.


What to Do When Someone Takes Offense.

Humor Resources.

14.Improving Teaching Performance.

Student Ratings of Instruction.

Drawbacks of Student Ratings for Improving Teaching.

Using Student Ratings Constructively.

Other Indirect Sources of Information for Improving Teaching.

Improving Teaching through Feedback on Student Performance.

Feedback on Student Performance in the Large Lecture Class.

Feedback in the Smaller Class.

Follow-Up of Graduates.


15.Teaching and the Tenure Track.

Juggling Your Research, Publications, and Teaching.

Time Management Tips.

Working Smart.

Suggestions for Increasing the Odds of Getting Published.

Political Mistakes.

The Rules for Surviving.

Seeking or Hiding from Committee Assignments.

Academic Advising.


Students as Research Subjects.

Building a Professional Portfolio.

Promotion and Tenure.

A Model for Developing Teaching Assistants.

16.Values and Ethics.

Ethical Dilemmas: Choosing the “Right Thing” to Do.

When Does an Ethical Issue Become an Ethical Dilemma?

Basic Respect.

The Power Differential.

Five Ethical Principles.

Absolutists and Relativists.

Examples of Ethical Dilemmas.

A Process for Ethical Decision-Making.

17.Have You Chosen the Right Career?

Being Realistic.

Have You Chosen the Right Career?

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