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What the Best College Teachers Do Hardcover - 2004 - 1st Edition

by Bain, Ken

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  • Title What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Author Bain, Ken
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Condition Good
  • Pages 207
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Harvard University Press, Cumbreland, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
  • Date 2004
  • Bookseller's Inventory # G0674013255I3N01
  • ISBN 9780674013254 / 0674013255
  • Weight 0.81 lbs (0.37 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.39 x 5.63 x 0.82 in (21.31 x 14.30 x 2.08 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Effective teaching - United States, College teaching - United States
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2003062869
  • Dewey Decimal Code 378.12

From the publisher

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

The short answer is--it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and out--but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn.

In stories both humorous and touching, Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential. What the Best College Teachers Do is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators.


Media reviews


  • Booklist, 03/15/2004, Page 1247
  • Christian Century, 02/22/2005, Page 51
  • Library Journal, 02/01/2004, Page 104
  • New York Review of Books, 11/03/2005, Page 51