The authors of Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning say: “Teaching needs to be firmly grounded in goals and aligned with a particular way of learning. You do not want to use group work just to convey information, nor should you lecture when the goal is to teach a skill. Our work outlines which way of learning is best suited to bringing about desired outcomes.”

“College teaching has always been challenging, but it is becoming downright difficult these days. As a faculty member you face heightened expectations around using technology, assessing learning, and teaching new subjects to a diverse population of students. The professor’s once privileged store of knowledge is now readily available in digital libraries and on the Internet. The lecture paradigm, while still the dominant mode of teaching in most institutions, is increasingly regarded as obsolete. As a conscientious teacher, you want to make intelligent and creative choices about your teaching, but sometimes you just don’t know what to do.” (interview in Thriving in Academe, NEA)

This is a very thoughtful, successful attempt to show quite plainly that teaching theory is not a mere historical progression where newer theories replace older, now obsolete ideas, that must fall by the wayside: constructivism has its place; and so has behaviorism in some contexts, knowing when to use which of the many methodologies and approaches, how to pick the best tool for each “job” is at the core of this useful book. For anyone who has ever felt lost among all the -isms, this is one very good way to make sense of them all, side-by-side, productively.

For more, see the book website

Arend & Davis: Old & New, Reinvented