How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Hassebrock review of Ambrose, Bridges, Lovett, DiPietro, and Norman)

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Marsha C. Lovett, Michele DiPietro, and Marie K. Norman, 2010, John Wiley & Sons) Reviewed by Frank Hassebrock, Department of Psychology; Director, Center for Learning and Teaching, Denison University How can college faculty from a… Read More

What is Backward Design? (Bunnell review of Wiggins and McTighe)

Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2001). What is Backward Design? In G. Wiggins & J. McTighe’s Understanding by Design (p. 7 – 19).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Reviewed by Sarah Bunnell, Department of Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University slbunnel@owu.edu Often, when faculty design their courses, they begin the process… Read More

Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (Volk review of Lave and Wenger)

Jean Lave & Etienne Wenger, Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (New York: Cambridge University Press), 1991. Reviewed by Steven Volk, Department of History, Director of Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Oberlin College More than 25 years old now, Lave and Wenger’s influential study is still a good starting point… Read More

Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence (Knupsky review of Pashler, McDaniel, Rohrer, and Bjork)

Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. (2009).  Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence.  Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9, 105-119. Reviewed by Aimee Knupsky, Psychology, Allegheny College aknupsky@allegheny.edu In this review article, the authors examine empirical evidence for the application of learning styles assessments and practices.  The… Read More