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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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