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Super courses

Super courses
the future of teaching and learning

  • ISBN: 9780691185460
  • Editorial: Princeton University Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Princeton. Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 287
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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Decades of research have produced profound insights into how student learning and motivation can be unleashed—and it’s not through technology or even the best of lectures. In Super Courses, education expert and bestselling author Ken Bain tells the fascinating story of enterprising college, graduate school, and high school teachers who are using evidence-based approaches to spark deeper levels of learning, critical thinking, and creativity—whether teaching online, in class, or in the field.

Visiting schools across the United States as well as in China and Singapore, Bain, working with his longtime collaborator, Marsha Marshall Bain, uncovers super courses throughout the humanities and sciences. At the University of Virginia, undergrads contemplate the big questions that drove Tolstoy—by working with juveniles at a maximum-security correctional facility. Harvard physics students learn about the universe not through lectures but from their peers in a class where even reading is a social event. And students at a Dallas high school use dance to develop growth mindsets—and many of them go on to top colleges, including Juilliard. Bain defines these as super courses because they all use powerful researched-based elements to build a “natural critical learning environment” that fosters intrinsic motivation, self-directed learning, and self-reflective reasoning. Complete with sample syllabi, the book shows teachers how they can build their own super courses.

The story of a hugely important breakthrough in education, Super Courses reveals how these classes can help students reach their full potential, equip them to lead happy and productive lives, and meet the world’s complex challenges.

Chapter One. Pinning Our Hopes on Our Machines 7
Chapter Two. How We Learn 17

Chapter Three. A New Kind of University 35
Chapter Four. Books Behind Bars 49
Chapter Five. Diverse Classes 57
Chapter Six. From Charlottesville to Singapore and Beyond:
Searching for Super Courses 71
Chapter Seven. Self-Directed Learning and Big Questions:
From the DIY Girls to Hurricane Katrina 81
Chapter Eight. Peer Instruction and Then Some 86
Chapter Nine. Remaking a Super Course 95
Chapter Ten. Soup of Interdisciplinary Learning 105
Chapter Eleven. Integration of Abilities 116
Chapter Twelve. Fostering Growth Mindsets 129
Chapter Thirteen. A Super Course Department 138
Chapter Fourteen. A Personal Journey toward a Super Course 156
Chapter Fifteen. All Knowledge Is Related 174
Chapter Sixteen. The Pedagogy of Getting Out 190
Chapter Seventeen. Grades 204


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