Information swamps us today---and often there is more than the human mind can process and translate into meaningful ideas. Scientific data increase exponentially as technology enables investigators to dig deeper into the molecular level and advance farther. College educators are faced with the challenge of translating and transcribing scientific learning along with the added responsibility of transferring both an appreciation and respect for this domain.
Shifting from the old lecture paradigm of college teaching, today's college teacher must assume the role of catalyst to initiate active learning, engaging students to construct understanding. Considering the different levels of preparation, motivation, world-views, and backgrounds of our students, this goal can be daunting, demanding, and inspiring.
Divided into eight sections, this Handbook of College Science Teaching provides models for teaching. Science anxiety, attitudes, and motivation are the issues aired in the first section. Strategies to achieve active learning and factors affecting learning are also discussed. Several innovative teaching approaches such as fieldwork, case studies, and inquiry are considered. Another section delves into support for the learning disabled and the significance of cultural diversity. The final chapters look at the preparation of pre-college students and their transition to the college setting.
Using research findings and measuring educational success through assessment are examined as means of improving instruction. This eclectic collection of readings will appeal to post-secondary natural science teachers who are seeking alternative ways to revitalize their approach to teaching. It enables college educators to look beyond their enclosures to see what other teachers are thinking and doing.