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Preface to the Second Edition vii Acknowledgments xiii The Author xiv PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF THE LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH 1 1. Learner-Centered Teaching: Roots and Origins 3 2. Research: Evidence That Learner-Centered Approaches Work 28 PART TWO: THE FIVE KEY CHANGES TO PRACTICE 57 3. The Role of the Teacher 59 4. The Balance of Power 88 5. The Function of Content 114 6. The Responsibility for Learning 143 7. The Purpose and Processes of Evaluation 168 PART THREE: IMPLEMENTING THE LEARNER-CENTERED APPROACH 197 8. Responding to Resistance 199 9. Taking a Developmental Approach 218 APPENDIXES 239 1. Syllabus and Learning Log Entries for Speech Communications 100A 239 2. Resources That Develop Learning Skills 249 References 259 Name Index 275 Subject Index 279
Maryellen Weimer is a well-known writer, speaker, and proponent of effective teaching practices with more than thirty-five years of experience. She was the director of the Instructional Development Program at Pennsylvania State University for ten years and served as associate director at the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The editor of The Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching, Weimer is also the author of numerous books, including Inspired College Teaching and Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning.