Teaching For Quality Learning At University (Society for Research Into Higher Education) Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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About the Author
John Biggs has held Chairs in Education in Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong. He has published extensively on student learning and the implications of his research for teaching.
Catherine Tang is the former Head of Educational Development Centre in the Hong Kong Institute of Education and also in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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Constructive alignment is one of the most powerful tools we have for improving higher education. If it could filter down to secondary education then even better, but there are arguments for the militaristic approach that is currently the norm. This takes students back to an experiential way of learning - much more like primary school, but with the required maturity that you should have amongst higher education students (that is why it probably would be a disaster at secondary level).
Many academics will resist this progressive approach but the simple selling points are that you get higher grades, better outcomes and better student feedback for doing less teaching. Do less and get more who could possibly object to that. Less of the dirge of the lecture and more of the inspiration and mentoring, more time for research and less time for regurgitation. This book is a classic and should define where higher education goes from here. This is a starting point and the ideas will develop in a multi-structural way, but this is a paradigm changing book.
It has since been updated a couple of times and new sections have been added with a co-author.
It still remains a useful introduction to using learning outcomes properly, as aids to learning, rather than as constraints.
Its conclusions are still controversial in some circles. In my early days I gave my students the assessment criteria on the basis of this book and was condemned by colleagues for "giving them the answers". Recently I used the book to justify changes to assessment in my current university - again to "it's the end of the world" complaints from traditionalists.
Of course, in a year's time they'll deny ever making a fuss...
A great book, still relevant, and a source of much discussion and creative teaching ideas.
The book is well organized and easy to read. Clear diagrams and tables help to explain the material. Many references are given, which add to the confidence one has in message.
It is very readable for this type of literature.
I have found it supportive.
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I am happy for this book because there are a good idea and good relishinship between its chapters and it is important for teaching and learning quality in higher educationPublished 19 months ago by ABDULRAHMAN