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VDM Publishing House, March 2009, Pages: 304
Open the door to most college classrooms, and you'll
find experts in their fields--physics, mathematics,
psychology--readying students for the 21st century.
What you will rarely see, however, are professors who
have ever been formally educated in how to teach. For
decades, teacher education programs have prepared
pre-college practitioners, yet many institutions of
higher learning today offer little to no preparation
for the teaching roles of faculty. This book examines
the development of future faculty in a unique
teaching seminar program designed to fill the gap.
Using ethnographic methods, Coming To Know Reflective
Practice describes, through a case-study approach,
the teaching lives of four doctoral students as they
engage in their first year of supervised university
teaching. Each student's emerging understandings
about teaching and learning, and their subsequent
effect on classroom practice, are revealed. Educators
and administrators interested in future faculty
initiatives and the role reflection plays in teaching
development will find this book a rich resource.
Gail A. Fensom, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the University of New
Hampshire at Manchester, where she directs the first year writing
program. Her research focuses on teaching and learning, and on
the development of college faculty.