What's the Use of Lectures?: First U.S. Edition of the Classic Work on Lecturing (Paperback)
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What's the Use of Lectures?: First U.S. Edition of the Classic Work on Lecturing (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 02/02/2000
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"A comprehensive guide to the uses and possible abuses of thelecture method. Supported by copious research, Bligh offers awealth of practical suggestions for making lectures more engagingand effective. Written in an accessible and helpful style, What'sthe Use of Lectures? should be required reading for all collegeteachers who use this method."

--Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished Professor, University of St.Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

"A rewarding read for anyone who lectures--experienced or not. Iwish we had a book this engaging and this informative on everyelement of the teaching art."

--Michele Marincovich, assistant vice provost and director, Centerfor Teaching and Learning, Stanford University

"A source of great insight for people who teach.... Bligh has spentmore time and energy than anyone else in coming to terms with atask that bothers many teachers and trainers.... His research isimpeccable and his conclusions are immensely practical. The newedition will be much welcomed."

--Alex Main, founding coordinator of Academic Staff Development forthe British Universities, Murdoch University, Australia

In this first American edition of a best-selling classic, DonaldBligh draws from decades of research and hands-on experience tohelp college and university teachers develop and use lectureseffectively. What's the Use of Lectures? is an indispensable guidefor anyone who aspires to be a skilled lecturer and teacher. Itexamines the nature of teaching and learning in a classroomlecture--describing how students learn, how much knowledge theyretain, and how to enhance their attention and motivation. Blighbuilds on this information to share strategies for creatingorganized, thoughtful, and effective lectures. Topics includetaking notes, using handouts, practicing different formats andstyles, obtaining feedback, overcoming difficulties, evaluating thelecture, and testing alternative methods when lecturing is notadequate. Also included are tables and diagrams to illustratedifferent approaches to lecturing.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN: 9780787951627
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 774 g
Dimensions: 238 x 192 x 19 mm


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"This book has a wealth of information and ideas..." (Exchanges, 7/19/02)"In this long awaited American edition of his classic What's theUse of Lectures?, Donald Bligh provides a comprehensive guide tothe uses and possible abuses of the lecture method. Supported bycopious research, Bligh offers a wealth of practical suggestionsfor making lectures more engaging and effective. Written in anaccessible and helpful style, What's the Use of Lectures? should berequired reading for all college teachers who use this method."--Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished Professor, University ofSt. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

"Bligh combines decades of experience as a faculty developer andin-depth knowledge of the research literature to create arefreshing review of the advantages and disadvantages of lecturesand a practical guide to making lectures more effective forstudents. This is a rewarding read for anyone wholectures--experienced or not. I wish we had a book this engagingand this informative on every element of the teaching art."--Michele Marincovich, assistant vice provost and director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University

"What's the Use of Lectures? continues to be one of the bestsources for new lecturers (as well as old) who want their lectureclasses to contribute maximally to student learning." --W. J.McKeachie, professor emeritus, Department of Psychology, andresearch scientist emeritus, Center for Research on Learning andTeaching, University of Michigan

"This very readable book will be a source of great insight forpeople who teach. Donald Bligh has spent more time and energy thananyone else in coming to terms with a task that bothers manyteachers and trainers. He offers a well-structured perspective onone of the core activities in higher education. His research isimpeccable and his conclusions are immensely practical. The newedition will be much welcomed." --Alex Main, foundingcoordinator of Academic Staff Development for the BritishUniversities, Murdoch University, Australia

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