A great new book! Teaching and Learning STEM by Felder and Brent

by Stephanie Chasteen on June 2, 2017

I was pleased to be invited to write a review for Physics Today on a new book, Teaching and Learning STEM by Felder and Brent.  I loved this book!  I found it utterly charming, useful, kind, and knowledgable.  I highly recommend it, and am going to be purchasing several copies to be able to give to my colleagues as thank-you gifts.

 

Here is the start of my review:

I read Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide by Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent with attention and pleasure. This well-written book combines the wisdom of experienced teachers with expertise in education research to provide an informative yet practical guide to teaching courses in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. It belongs on the desk of new and experienced faculty alike.
The book’s high-quality content is strategically organized. It follows the way a teacher thinks about instruction, beginning with course planning and then discussing various elements of instructional strategy and goals. A sensible layout features clear bold headers, succinct chapter summaries, and effective reiteration of key points. The authors also provide illuminating philosophical asides. In one, Felder and Brent discuss the tension faculty face between their simultaneous roles as gatekeepers who enforce the rules and as coaches whose primary goal is to help students learn, and they suggest how to reconcile those roles. This is a thoughtful book designed for busy instructors.

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