Friday, September 18, 2015

Book review: Davis & Arend (2013) Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning

Davis, James R. & Bridget Arend.  2013.  Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning:  A Resource for More Purposeful, Effective, and enjoyable College Teaching.  Sterling, VA:  Stylus.  300 pages.

Davis and Arend provide an introduction to seven ways, or theories, of learning.  These include behavioral learning, cognitive learning, learning through inquiry, learning with mental models, learning through groups and teams, learning through virtual realities, and experiential learning.  Within their discussion they suggest learning goals and activities that facilitate each type of learning.

I found the seven types of learning to be interesting, and their descriptions of various activities that enhance each type of learning were useful.  It is an excellent introduction to theories of learning for faculty who have not had any formal training in this area.

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