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Making Learning Happen: A Guide for Post-Compulsory Education Paperback – 9 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (9 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412907098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412907095
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Another textbook about learning in the post-compulsory sector: fortunately, this one has an abundant supply of a quality that is often lacking in such books: thoughtful originality, backed up by meaningful experience on the part of the author. The book as a whole is mercifully free of unnecessary jargon (a point that the author points out in the preface), and is accessible and friendly in tone. Race's "ripples on a pond" model… is effortlessly applicable to a range of learning and teaching situations and provides a useful tool for exploring teaching and learning practice' - ESCalate

`Professor Race… is without a doubt a master of intelligent simplicity. [This] book may seem to be innocent of theory, but a serious understanding of the needs of learners is clear behind every page. The approach is to make sense of the collated feedback from thousands of students and teachers, gleaned by questions asked during workshops and seminars. There is an enormous amount of practical, useful material in this book. It is replete with lists, charts, bullet points, pithy hints, and guidelines. I will not be in the least surprised if this book is a runaway success' - Anita Pincas, Lifelong Education and International Development, Institute of Education, London

'Phil Race freely shares his experience and his wise counsel in a text where he emerges from the pages as a clear thinking, clear writing, expert in this field, with much to offer' - John Cowan, Emeritus Professor of Learning Development, the Open University

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Professor Phil Race is passionate about helping people to learn successfully. Now retired from full-time employment, he runs workshops and gives keynotes throughout the UK and abroad, working with university and college staff on teaching, assessment and feedback methods. He is known for his highly participative style and humour, and getting participants working with post-its!

He lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His wife is Professor Sally Brown, known internationally for her work on fit-for-purpose assessment. Originally a scientist, Phil quickly became interested in teaching and assessment. He has worked at several universities, and is now Visiting Professor at Plymouth University and University Campus Suffolk. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007, and in 2012 became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He publishes widely, but regards ‘Making Learning Happen’ as the favourite of his many books.

He can be contacted through his website: www.phil-race.co.uk


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pr Overend on 1 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not a teacher but I'm now in an instructional position, I wanted a book that would give me some insight into best practise for teaching trainees not in formal education but undergoing a course of intensive learning.
This book has helped give me some ideas into how to provide the ideal environment for learning and getting the best out of students.
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By In My Opinion on 4 Jan. 2014
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I was worried when I thought of buying this book because the author has a website with free downloadable resources. I wondered whether to pay such a high price for the book. What could be in the book that wasn't available on his website? Surely there had to be some value added content in the book. How wrong was I? The book is expensive and basically says the same as the other resources you can download freely from his website. My advice - check his website first and if you get what you want - forget buying the book. As for the content of the book, there are some good ideas - some of them actually from quotes he makes of other peoples work! His chapter 4 (on Assessment) was disappointing as it mostly comprised complaining/criticism of the way current education system is. Typical of academicians. Wading through the criticism to find good morsels (and there are some) on assessment was tedious. The problem with criticism is when the system changes and improves this chapter becomes redundant - a waste of space. It has little value.

I don't really think his "ripples on a pond" is as clever an analogy as other people make out. His "seven factors underpinning successful learning" were good but I didn't need them as ripples on a pond to understand them.

Chapter 5 (on Feedback) and 11 (on Reflection) were the best material for me. The rest I could do without. Chapter 10 (What can I do When...?) is really about problems you can get into with students (eg turning up late; leaving their mobiles on; technology fails - like your slide projector etc. etc.) and for me didn't fit the theme of the book. It looked like a filler.

The book is overpriced and not worth it. There are some good ideas but not nearly enough content to warrant this price.

I wish I hadn't wasted my money on it. The reviewer who's book didn't turn up - he was lucky!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Coogan on 25 Nov. 2012
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This is a great book with an up to date modern approach to how people learn. A must have book for people in the teaching or training profession.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. Bruce on 3 Nov. 2009
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had to get this book for university for teacher training and it is extremely useful and clearly explains points.
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1 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Hutchison on 12 Oct. 2009
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Never got the book... emailed to explain that I hadn't recieved it yet and never replied until a week later!
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