Graphic
|

In the Classroom: What Do Great College Profs Have in Common?

by Claudio Sanchez

In a year in which we’re exploring great teaching, it’s a good time to talk with Ken Bain. He’s a longtime historian, scholar and academic who has studied and explored teaching for decades, most notably in his 2004 book, 
What the Best College Teachers Do
.

You focused on 100 college professors in a wide variety of institutions and disciplines. What do the best professors know and understand about teaching?

They certainly understand their discipline. They often understand the history of their discipline and know that everything that they believe can be questioned. They are accomplished scholars, artists and scientists. They know how to simplify and clarify complex subjects. They may not have studied human learning but they grasp important insights into how human beings learn and how to foster that learning through practice.

Bain

Dr. Ken Bain | Photo Mike Post

How do the best teachers prepare?

They prepare by thinking about the intended outcomes [of their instruction]. They treat their lectures and discussions as serious intellectual endeavors. The best teachers use a much richer line of inquiry to design a class and every encounter with students. Then they think about how they will help students achieve.

To read the rest of this article, you need to be a subscriber and TO PURCHASE A NEW SUBSCRIPTION, select the subscription you want from the drop down menu below, pay and read! 

To RENEW/EXTEND an existing subscription, please  then visit the MY SUBSCRIPTION link found at the top of the page. Do not use this form.  

Authorize.Net
Authorize.Net processes AMEX, Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit card payments made online securely and safely. 
Paypal Standard
You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this payment method. PayPal allows credit card payments to be processed safely and securely. PayPal operates with credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts and PayPal accounts to make safe purchases online, without disclosing your credit card number or financial information. 

 Subscribe to our newsletter

Short URL: http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=6092

2 Comments for “In the Classroom: What Do Great College Profs Have in Common?”

  1. How about the idea that faculty are not so much “student pleasers” as engaging course facilitators? One implies that faculty are “bribing” students and the other puts the focus on student-centered learning, right?

  2. Nowhere does he say that we should be student pleasers, or that we must keep the customer (student) satisfied. Do we want to please students to get better end of course evaluations? Or should we rather help students in a developmental sense, helping them to learn on their own?
    Do we over-guide students with detailed instructions for assignments? Or do we allow for student self-direction, creativity while grading them accordingly?
    Some will be frustrated w/o detailed direction but learn to appreciate this later on.
    The institution demands student satisfaction and enrollment numbers; the instructor know that true satisfaction takes time, even longer time amounts than one course can allow, that some students fail a course and yet continue to learn in spite of failure.

Leave a Reply

Keep in Touch With AdjunctNation

Graphic Graphic Graphic

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Archives

Graphic
Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

From the Archive

  • ISU Nontenure-Track Faculty Organize

    by Gretchen E. Knapp Nontenure-track faculty at Illinois State University have formed the ISU Nontenure-track Faculty Association, IEA-NEA , which launched its organizing campaign on April 2. Nontenure-track faculty are fulltime and part-time temporary employees on one-semester or one-year contracts. Over 400, or 40 percent, of ISU’s faculty are nontenure-track (NTT). The ISU NTT FA seeks to address the concerns […]

  • Miami-Dade’s Reliance on Large Numbers of Adjuncts Could Endager Its Accreditation

    by Michael Vasquez Is Miami Dade College — the nation’s largest community college — in danger of losing its accreditation following the recent warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Almost impossible, according to higher education experts, who cite the school’s strong national reputation coupled with the fact that community colleges are rarely, if […]

  • Students With Speech Impediments in Class: How To Best Help Them Succeed

    By Richard Perez-Pena As his history class at the County College of Morris discussed exploration of the New World, Philip Garber Jr. raised his hand, hoping to ask why China’s 15th-century explorers, who traveled as far as Africa, had not also reached North America. He kept his hand aloft for much of the 75-minute session, but […]

  • When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

    Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas Kostrzewa, […]

  • Guest Experts

    by Evelyn Beck EVEN ON-LINE, THE voice of a single course instructor can grow wearisome over the length of a semester. One way to pique student interest, and invigorate your own teaching, is to invite guest experts to interact with your class via Internet bulletin boards or chat rooms. The Internet makes it easier for guest experts to participate. They […]

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Recently Commented

  • AdjunctNation Editorial Team: @Jeffr thanks for pointing out the distinction.
  • Jeffr: Note that adjunct faculty are considered to be on a “term” basis and receives no protection except...
  • Scott: I believe Sami is correct in that this no reasonable assurance language will allow adjuncts continuing access...
  • Nancy West-Diangelo: It’s as if we’ve lost the ability to listen critically. If the point of the work we...
  • Freddi-Jo Bruschke: An excellent description of this editorial.