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Science Teaching Essentials

  • ID: 4612877
  • Book
  • February 2019
  • 212 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Science Teaching Essentials: Short Guides to Good Practice serves as a reference manual for science faculty as they set up a new course, consider how to teach the course, figure out how to assess their students fairly and efficiently, and review and revise course materials. This book consists of a series of short chapters that instructors can use as resources to address common teaching problems and adopt evidence-based pedagogies. By providing individual chapters that can be used independently as needed, this book provides faculty with a just-in-time teaching resource they can use to draft a new syllabus.

This is a must-have resource for science, health science and engineering faculty, as well as graduate students and post-docs preparing for future faculty careers.

  • Provides easily digested, practical, research-based information on how to teach
  • Allows faculty to efficiently get up-to-speed on a given pedagogy or assessment method
  • Addresses the full range of faculty experiences as they being to teach for the first time or want to reinvent how they teach

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Section 1: The foundations 1. Inclusive teaching: Creating a welcoming, supportive classroom environment 2. Course design: Making choices about constructing your course 3. Assignments and exams: Tools to promote engagement, learning, and reflection

Section 2: Keystone teaching practices 4. Active learning: The student work that builds understanding 5. Group work: Using cooperative learning groups effectively 6. Metacognitive practices: Giving students tools to be self-directed learners 7. Test-enhanced learning: Using retrieval practice to help students learn, with Rachel E. Biel

Section 3: Pedagogy Toolbox 8. Lecturing 9. Flipping the classroom 10. Using Educational Videos 11. Incorporating research into courses, with Faith Rovenolt.

Section 4: Fair and transparent grading practices 12. Writing exams: Good practice for writing multiple choice and constructed response test questions 13. Rubrics: Tools to make grading more fair and efficient

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Brame, Cynthia J.
Cynthia J. Brame, Ph.D., is Associate Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences. Informed by her own transition from bench-focused scientist to science educator, Cynthia focuses her work on helping science faculty identify, adopt, and develop evidence-based teaching practices that are good fit for their context and needs. She developed and leads the BOLD Fellows program, in which graduate student-faculty teams develop and evaluate online instructional approaches, leads the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program at Vanderbilt, and serves as co-editor of the CBE-Life Sciences Education Evidence-Based Teaching Guides. Cynthia was previously Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Centenary College of Louisiana and currently teaches both high-enrollment lecture courses and small seminar courses in Vanderbilt's Biological Sciences Department.
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