What's the Use of Lectures?
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By (author) Donald Bligh
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What's the Use of Lectures? by Donald Bligh
Book Description"A comprehensive guide to the uses and possible abuses of the lecture method. Supported by copious research, Bligh offers a wealth of practical suggestions for making lectures more engaging and effective. Written in an accessible and helpful style, What's the Use of Lectures? should be required reading for all college teachers 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. I wish we had a book this engaging and this informative on every element of the teaching art." --Michele Marincovich, assistant vice provost and director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University "A source of great insight for people who teach.... Bligh has spent more time and energy than anyone else in coming to terms with a task that bothers many teachers and trainers.... His research is impeccable and his conclusions are immensely practical. The new edition will be much welcomed." --Alex Main, founding coordinator of Academic Staff Development for the British Universities, Murdoch University, Australia In this first American edition of a best-selling classic, Donald Bligh draws from decades of research and hands-on experience to help college and university teachers develop and use lectures effectively. What's the Use of Lectures? is an indispensable guide for anyone who aspires to be a skilled lecturer and teacher. It examines the nature of teaching and learning in a classroom lecture--describing how students learn, how much knowledge they retain, and how to enhance their attention and motivation. Bligh builds on this information to share strategies for creating organized, thoughtful, and effective lectures. Topics include taking notes, using handouts, practicing different formats and styles, obtaining feedback, overcoming difficulties, evaluating the lecture, and testing alternative methods when lecturing is not adequate. Also included are tables and diagrams to illustrate different approaches to lecturing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780787951627
(234mm x 179mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Understanding Higher Education, Paperback (January 1999)
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What's the Use of Lectures?, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Donald Bligh
Fifth edition of this text on lecturing technique which outlines the factors which can make lecturing effective. Details the factors affecting the learning of information, considers the techniques of lecturing and shows how to make specific points, use handouts and obtain feedback. Also discusses alternatives and gives advice on how to apply them
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Author Biography - Donald Bligh
DONALD A. BLIGH was a pioneer in university staff development when he joined London University's Teaching Methods Unit. It was there, in 1971, that he wrote the best-selling What's the Use of Lectures? He was later elected as Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education. He was the first professor and director of continuing education at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom and is now honorary research fellow in computer science at Exeter University.
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