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2nd Edition

The Theory and Practice of Teaching

Edited By

Peter Jarvis

ISBN 9780415365253
Published August 18, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

An introduction to the techniques, contemporary theories and methods of teaching from facilitating problem-based learning to the role of the lecture, this book explores the issues that underpin interpersonal methods of teaching, and offers genuine insights. It will help teachers at all levels to understand the techniques that they can use in different situations, and willenable them to develop more effective teaching practice.

This fully updated second edition contains new material on e-moderating (teaching online) and its implications for teaching theory, issues surrounding discipline and teaching and the ethical dimensions of teaching. Additional topics include:

  • the nature of teaching
  • the ethics of the teaching and learning relationship
  • the relationship between learning theory and the theory of teaching
  • teaching methods, including didactic, Socratic and experiential and monitoring
  • the issues of assessment of learning.
The Theory and Practice of Teaching will be of interest to anyone wanting to develop a deep understanding of the key themes and latest developments in teaching and is an ideal companion volume to The Theory and Practice of Learning.

Table of Contents

Current Developments in Teaching: Teaching in a Changing World.  Teaching Styles and Methods.  Ethical Dimensions of Teaching.  Lectures and Lecturing.  Lecturing Methods (Socratic Methods and Facilitation).  Principles and Methods of Experiential Education.  Practice-Based and Problem-Based Learning.  Mentoring.  The Learning Community.  Assessment in Post-Compulsary Education.  Assessment of Experiential Learning.  Distance Education in the Learning Society.  E-learning and Teaching Theory.  Future Trends in Teaching Theory and Practice

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Peter Jarvis is Professor of Continuing Education at the University of Surrey. He is adjunct professor of adult education at the University of Adult Education at Georgia in USA and he has taught and lectured at universities throughout the world. He is a well known author and editor and amongst his latest books are: Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning (2006); Human Learning: a holistic perspective (edited with Stella Parker – 2005); Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: theory and practice (2004 0 3rd edition) The Theory and Practice of Learning (2003 with J Holford and Colin Griffin – second edition). All published by Routledge. He is also founding editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education.


'On picking up the book, I decided not to be anyone - but someone, a student teacher to be precise. Reading the book from what I perceive to be a student teacher perspective, I looked for accessible pages, different styles of teaching and learning, practical hints to take into the classroom. It was all there.' - ESCalate