What the Best College Teachers Do


reviewed by Carmen McCrink - 2005

coverTitle: What the Best College Teachers Do
Author(s): Ken Bain
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674013255, Pages: 207, Year: 2004
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What the Best College Teachers Do is a sine qua non resource for the academy as a whole—from the novice instructor, to the proverbial sage on the stage, to the echelons of administrators who ponder over what constitutes the essence of “effective” teaching. In this work, Ken Bain presents a composite of the best post-secondary teachers in the United States and focuses primarily on their thought processes, vis-à-vis teaching methodology. Bain writes, “…I have tried to capture the collective scholarship of some of the best teachers…” (p. 4). This statement undoubtedly underscores the author’s personal philosophy as he invites the reader to consider teaching as a form of scholarship as suggested in Boyer’s (1990) Scholarship Reconsidered. Two issues, which have served as fodder for discourse in the not too distant past, permeate this work: 1) the interdependent relationship between teaching and learning, therefore, formulating a teaching/learning equation applicable to all disciplines and, in so doing, reaffirming “effective” teaching as a willingness to continue learning... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 281-284
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11373, Date Accessed: 8/17/2019 6:59:01 PM

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