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A Concise Guide to Teaching With Desirable Difficulties

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November 2018
9781620365014
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    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    21st November
  • ISBN 9781620365014
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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November 2018
9781620365007
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    20th November
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  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
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November 2018
9781620365021
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    Stylus Publishing
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    30th November
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  • Pages 120 pp.
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November 2018
9781620365038
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This concise guidebook on desirable difficulties is designed to be a resource for academics who are interested in engaging students according to the findings of peer-reviewed literature and best practices but do not have the time to immerse themselves in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Intentionally brief, the book is intended to: summarize recent research on five aspects of desirable difficulties; provide applications to the college classroom based on this research; include special sections about teaching strategies that are based on best practices; and offer annotated bibliographies and important citations for faculty who want to pursue additional study. The book will provide a foundation for instructors to teach using evidence-based strategies that will strengthen learning and retention in their classrooms.

In addition to chapters on the desirable difficulties, the book also includes chapters on teaching first-year and at-risk students to embrace this approach, on negotiating student resistance, and on using this approach in teaching online.

“Deep learning is hard. This book shows how we can help all of our students transform the challenge and struggle of learning into a desirable difficulty. By blending the latest research with concrete instructional applications, Persellin and Daniels offer practical strategies that faculty in any discipline can use to enhance student learning and motivation. This slim volume is worth its weight in pedagogical gold for both faculty and educational developers.”

Peter Felten, Executive Director, Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History - Elon University

“Following their amazingly compact yet comprehensive book, A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning, Persellin and Daniels have gifted us another research-grounded and ever-so-concise guide on the counterintuitive concept of “desirable difficulties.” If making the material easier for students facilitates their learning, how can making it more challenging increase it? Persellin and Daniels resolve the paradox and offer concrete strategies for integrating productive difficulties and mitigating student resistance and fear.”

Linda B. Nilson, Director Emerita, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation - Clemson University

Foreword—Mary-Ann Winkelmes
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Make Learning Difficult? An Overview

1) Teaching a Growth Mind-Set
2) Retrieval Practice and Testing: A Key to Learning and Retention
3) Mix It Up to Make Learning Last: The Importance of Spacing and Interleaving
4) Don’t Help the Learner So Much: Teaching Students to Learn from Setbacks
Workshop 4.1: Problem-Based Learning
5) Teaching First-Year and At-Risk Students to Embrace Desirable Difficulties
Workshop 5.1: Community-Based Learning
6) Negotiating Student Resistance

Appendix: Workshop: Teaching Online Courses With Desirable Difficulties
Bibliography 
About the Authors
Index

Diane Cummings Persellin

Diane Cummings Persellin is Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. An author of over 100 articles and book chapters, her research interests focus on teacher preparation, professional development in higher education, and applications of research on learning. Currently, she is Director of the Trinity University Summer Program for Music Educators, a staff member of the Associated Colleges of the South Teaching and Learning Workshop, and on editorial boards of College Teaching and Texas Music Education Research. Most recently she helped develop Trinity’s new Collaborative for Learning and Teaching as its interim co-director. Dr. Persellin has served as Editor of General Music Today and as President of Texas Music Educators Conference and has presented numerous workshops and papers at national and international conferences including POD and Lilly. An award-winning teacher and advisor, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame for her work in education.

Mary Blythe Daniels

Mary Blythe Daniels is Stodghill Professor of Spanish at Centre College. Dr. Daniels was named Centre College’s National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor and has also received the Kirk Award for Excellent Teaching. She has a strong background in literature, language instruction, and pedagogy in higher education. Her diverse research interests have led her to publish articles about seventeenth-century Spanish theater and about community-based learning. Daniels’ work in experiential and community-based learning has been presented on college campuses, at national conferences and has received significant external funding. Daniels is a staff member of the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop, and has presented at national and international conferences including POD and Lilly.