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

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ISBN-10: 0787951625

ISBN-13: 9780787951627

Edition: 6th 2000

Authors: Donald A. Bligh

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"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 details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface to the American Edition
The Author
What Objectives Can Lectures Achieve?
Evidence of What Lectures Achieve
What Factors Affect the Acquisition of Information?
Factors Influencing Memory
Factors Affecting Students' Attention
Motivating Students
What Lecture Techniques Apply These Factors Most Effectively?
Lecture Organization
Making a Point
Reasons and Explanations
Aids to Comprehending a Point
Note Taking in Lectures
The Purpose, Preparation, and Use of Handouts
Lecture Styles
Ways of Obtaining Feedback
Evaluation of Lectures
Overcoming Common Difficulties
Lectures for the Promotion of Thought
Lectures to Teach Attitudes
Alternatives When Lecturing is Inadequate
The Lecture Method Alone Is Rarely Adequate
Teaching Methods to Use with Lectures
Some Combinations of Teaching Methods
Preparation for the Use of Lectures
Thinking the Lecture Through
Writing the Notes
Lecturing for the First Time
References and Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index