Are your students motivated and able to learn as much as you would like them to? Do they readily apply what they have learned? Do they even remember much of this learned content the next semester? Do they ask meaningful questions or are they mostly concerned with asking what will be on the next examination? This book discusses findings from psychology, education, and other disciplines showing that there are ways instructors can design curricula, classes, and learning experiences to improve the students’ ability and desire to probe for new insights, and to apply them to their own agendas. Although this book reviews many approaches for providing students with the motivation and guidance to learn, it is not a manual of specific classroom techniques. Rather, the book will inspire and equip instructors to ask their own questions about how their classes could better inspire and equip their students to ask and answer their own questions in principled ways. (Imprint: Nova)
“I was delighted to read John Folkins' book, The Contrarian Instructor: Leading College Students to Ask and Answer Their Own Questions. He has addressed so directly and cogently many of the beliefs and practices of university teaching that have plagued many of us for years. The best part is that Dr. Folkins gives suggestions for change in the way we can organize classes and encourage student engagement and learning. The book is beautifully organized, easy to read, and offers a way of teaching and learning that everyone in a university setting should embrace. As a former director of our university's Center for Teaching and Research Excellence, I would have been thrilled to have been able to share Dr. Folkins' wonderful book with the university faculty members and doctoral students who needed help with their teaching assignments. Now I can recommend an incredible resource to all.” - Rosalind R. Scudder, Professor Emeritus, Wichita State University, Kansas, USA
“We live in a world where sometimes objective observations are less influential than appeals to emotion or personal belief. John Folkins provides a contrarian's guide to counter such a world. Based on his experience and wisdom developed over his long career as educator, researcher, and academic leader, he provides us with a thoughtful set of guidelines to help instructors understand how they can help our future helping professionals to learn that it's not just what they think that matters, but how they think.” - Patrick Finn, Professor, University of Georgia, Georgia, USA
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