These four books offer interesting insights into the psychology of students! You’ll be surprised when you discover the power to keep your students’ attention during class this fall!


Understanding How and Why Students Learn (or Don’t Learn!)

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Learning

by Ambrose et al.

This is a great book that lays out helpful principles that can inform teaching and make it more effective.

Helping Students Hold Effective Discussions, Even Around Difficult Topics

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

by Patterson et al.

Join us on September 25 for a Faculty Commons Book Club discussing this book!


Better Understanding How Undergraduate Students Develop Before and During Their Time at UD

Forms of Ethical and Intellectual Development in the College Years by Perry

This is an oldie-but-goodie, a very readable classic book whose findings have been further developed and elaborated but still remain accurate and helpful for anyone who works with people in their late teens and early twenties.

Revamping a Humanities Survey Course

Teaching the Literature Survey Course: New Strategies for College Faculty edited by Gwynn Dujardin, James Lang, and John A. Staunton.

This book is full of case studies from survey courses that traditionally focused on “coverage” rather than engagement. The instructors give concrete examples of activities and applications of pedagogies like Team-Based Learning and Reacting to the Past. If you’re tired of your current syllabus and want to some inspiration, you’ll enjoy this book.

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