This bestselling book is a unique introduction to the practice of university teaching and its underlying theory. This new edition has been fully revised and updated in view of the extensive changes which have taken place in higher education over the last decade and includes new material on the higher education context, evaluation and staff development.
The first part of the book provides an outline of the experience of teaching and learning from the student's point of view, out of which grows a set of prinicples for effective teaching in higher education. Part two shows how these ideas can enhance educational standards, looking in particular at four key areas facing every teacher in higher education:
* Organising the content of undergraduate courses
* Selecting teaching methods
* Assessing student learning
* Evaluating the effectivenesss of teaching.
Case studies of exemplary teaching are used throughout to connect ideas to practice and to illustrate how to ensure better student learning. The final part of the book looks in more detail at appraisal, performance indicators, accountability and educational development and training. The book is essential reading for new and experienced lecturers, particularly those following formal programmes in university teaching, such as courses leading to ILT accreditation.
'Everyone who teaches in higher education should read this book ... it is sparkling with insight ... is accessible and interesting.' - Journal of Further & Higher Education
'Ramsden's book should interest and enlighten anyone involved in teaching and learning in higher education.' - The New Academic
'Paul Ramsden does us all a great service ... eminently readable, and should draw in anyone who is at all interested in how to improve their capacity to influence student learning.' - The Higher
'I found the book compelling, challenging and informative. It is very well written, free from the excesses of education jargon ... provides an excellent summary of the research into learning and teaching.' - Australian Campus Review
'It's readable, scholarly, stimulating and rewarding ... if you are a seeker of 'tips' and 'solutions' then this is the book for you ... His work deserves to be widely read. What he has to say is important' - The Oxford Internship Model
'It's readable, scholarly, stimulating, and rewarding ... His work deserves to be widely read. What he has to say is important.' - Peter Lucas, The Oxford Internship Model
'The author has provided us with an important guide to the art of teaching in the new era. All educationists should have a copy, which will be well-thumbed.' - Journal of Osteopathic Education
'With teaching quality high on the political agenda, Paul Ramsden's book makes a timely appearance in addressing "the problem of how best to evaluate and improve the standard of teaching in higher education in a cliimate of accountability and appraisal" ... it develops a model of learning and teaching (and professional development) which has significant implications for practice and which adds a valuable contribution to