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A Review Teaching Tips (10th Edition)

by Janice Albert

EVERYTHING ABOUT “Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and
Theory for College and University Teachers” (Houghton Mifflin, 10th edition), by Dr. Wilbert McKeachie, suggests that it was originally intended for the beginning college-level teacher or teaching assistant. Now in its tenth edition, “Teaching Tips” is not so much one book as an anthology written by seven authors. The overall plan of the book takes the reader from the first steps of planning a course through the basic and advanced skills of “facilitating student learning,” finally to a goal of lifelong learning for both teacher and student.

This ambitious plan makes the book applicable throughout
many years of a career, but it also forces a degree of compression
and generalization. In addition, chapters by six authors other than main author (Wilbert McKeachie) are so different in tone and consciousness, that they cry out to be considered separately from the main body of the text. For example, Chapter 2, written by Dr. McKeachie, covers basic practices in setting up a course-ordering textbooks, writing a syllabus, planning your instructional time.

The chapter seems to assume an ordinary, classroom-based college situation. Chapter 3, however, written by Graham Gibbs, is suddenly rhetorical and disputatious.

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