Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

The following points were devised by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson, and serve as an excellent guide to forming best teaching practices in higher education. You can find their article here.

Good practice in undergraduate education:

1. Encourages student-faculty contact focused on the academic agenda.

2. Develops cooperation among students by teaching them to work productively with others.

3. Encourages active learning such as thinking, doing, and thinking about what they are doing.

4. Gives prompt feedback and helps students figure out what to do in response.

5. Emphasizes time on task and provides lots of useful, productive, guided practice.

6. Communicates high expectations and encourages students to have high self-expectations.

7. Respects diverse talents and ways of learning, and encourages respect for intellectual diversity.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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