What I love about this book is its informed and nuanced contribution to the “lecture vs. active learning” discussion that has been bubbling up for some time now at college campuses. The authors say that decisions about teaching methodology must be based on learning outcomes. This isn’t new – I recall hearing this sensible advice decades ago at UW-Madison. What is new is their research-based categorization of seven “ways of learning” – such as cognitive, behavioral, and experiential – and their alignment with teaching methods and learning outcomes. This dense book is designed for those of us who enjoy experimenting with new ideas.
James R. Davis and Bridget O. Arend, Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resources for More Purposeful, Effective, and Enjoyable College Teaching (Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2013), 10.