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Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses


reviewed by David Cox — 2004

coverTitle: Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses
Author(s): L. Dee Fink
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787960551, Pages: 295, Year: 2003
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Creating Significant Learning Experiences is a timely, comprehensive book for guiding the transformation from a teaching paradigm to a learning paradigm in colleges and universities. Higher education faculty and academic administrators are the targeted readers. Dr. L. Dee Fink is the director of the Instructional Development Program, which he founded in 1979, at the University of Oklahoma. The book is organized into seven chapters dealing with Fink’s perception of the current state of the art of teaching in higher education, a new taxonomy for “significant” learning, getting started with “integrated course design,” shaping the learning experience, changing the way faculty teach, coming up with better organizational support for faculty, and concluding with Fink’s personal interpretation of the meaning and significance of good teaching and learning.   The opening chapter, with the same title as the book, extends an invitation to the reader to think about teaching in a new way. How can faculty move beyond the goals of understanding and remembering and the strategies of lecture and discussion? How... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 283-286
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11179, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:43:47 PM

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  • David Cox
    Arkansas State University
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    DAVID COX is a professor of education and community college program coordinator at Arkansas State University where he teaches graduate courses on leadership, organization development, the community college, and community college teaching. His most recent publication is “Using Open Space Technology for School Improvement” in the Fall 2002 issue of the Journal of School Improvement. He is currently working on a major research interest of applying family systems thinking to leadership in educational organizations.
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