Concepts and Choices for Teaching:
Meeting the Challenges in Higher Education
by William Timpson & Sue Doe
Foreword by Parker Palmer
As the title of this book suggests, instructors in higher education face many choices – and their decisions and actions should be based on certain concepts. Yet many instructors know very little about these concepts and the educational research and theories behind them. Concepts and Choices for Teaching offers the most thorough and up-to-date collection of ideas in teaching and learning, both theoretical and practical, current and historical.
Concepts and Choices for Teaching contains several real-life vignettes of teachers demonstrating each concept discussed. These personal narratives mesh the practical with the conceptual to create an arrangement that is functionally organized and easily applicable. You’ll find a diverse collection of ideas and strategies which have proven useful over time and in a wide variety of settings. Concepts include:
- Classroom Climate
- Mastery Learning
- Inductive Approaches
- Conceptual Thinking
- Discovery Learning
The authors note in the introduction, "It is our conviction that bringing these concepts and choices to your attention will help you take control of the process of becoming the best teacher possible. . . .Your teaching will be more effective and efficient once you become aware of the conceptual framework around which your personal teaching style is built."