Teaching And Learning Center
This website has been developed to support the teaching mission at
Clinton Community College. As such, it contains sections on how
learning happens, how to assign and grade papers and, how to teach
critical thinking. It also contains information about student
evaluations of teaching, and on how to build a successful reappointment
portfolio. Links to the modules are in the
left hand menu. Within module links are located in the right hand menus.
My goal was to include
only those pedagogical strategies with empirical support. And,
although the most common phrases I encountered were
"although there is little previous research" or "little
empirical evidence exists," I believe I have found enough empirical evidence
to support the strategies you will find here.
The first 7 links to the left are to summaries of the empirical literature
in each area of pedagogy. Each summary also includes links to more specific
information and summaries of the particular articles I found. By far, the
largest number of links and greatest amount of information can be found in
How Learning Happens.
The Perils of Pedagogy page summarizes the
theoretical and practical problems associated with most pedagogical
practices. It may be tempting to throw one's hand up in despair after
reading it, but I have also included a summary of the most current
thinking on what makes a Great Teacher. Great teaching is possible and
worth striving for.
I have also included a brief
summary of Academically Adrift, an empirically strong, stunning indictment
of higher education. We must remember that learning is essentially an inside
job and, no teaching strategy can compensate for low student effort, or low
I hope that you find
useable suggestions and stimulating ideas here. Please feel free to
contact me at
with any suggestions, comments, or questions.
I would like to thank
the administration and Board of Trustees at Clinton Community College for
their support. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the help of
Kay Figlioli, Librarian, Peggy Perkins, Web Coordinator, Chris Ford, CIS
Intern Coordinator, Vicky Sloan, Distance Learning Coordinator and Chris Culler, Intern for their help.
- Written by June Foley, Professor, Social and
Behavioral Sciences, Clinton Community College, Copyright (c) 2011
Permission is expressly granted to use the information found on this
site for educational purposes with proper citation of this site and
any sources used here.