How Learning Works: Seven Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching


Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges,Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer published by Wiley

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching is an excellent guide for instructors at all levels. Ambrose et al. use new research to create seven principles of learning from a diverse range of perspectives such as cognitive, developmental and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; and organizational behavior. Starting with prior knowledge and moving to becoming a self-directed learner, the authors help educators better understand their students’ learning and how it develops over time.

In addition to addressing learning needs, Ambrose and colleagues bridge the gap between research on learning and practical application in the classroom. Drawing on 27 years of experience working with faculty, the authors provide strategies to use in the classroom and include appendices on such topics as using rubrics and creating learning objectives to aid in the planning process. Instructors in any field will find the seven principles useful for improving teaching and student learning.

Dr. Ambrose will be the keynote speaker at the 21st Annual Campuswide Workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants in August. For more information, visit the Graduate Studies website.