Growing the 8% starts with me

i heart books

After reading Jose Antonio Bowen’s Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, I did the obvious thing, and started following him on Facebook. As would be expected, Bowen posts some really great resources. Yesterday he posted an infographic that really caught my attention. Turns out it came from a blog called Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed, but that is another story.

Titled “Grow the 8%,” the infographic provided several shocking stats, such as only half of student make “any improvement in writing and critical thinking in the first two years of college” and “Years after a lecture course, students in another study only knew a little more than those who never took the course.” However, the most statement was that only 8% of professors reported taking “any account of research on teaching and learning in preparing their classes.”


The good news is that the infographic provided a list of resources that would help professors improve their teaching. These include:

  • John Tagg, The Learning Paradigm College (2003)
  • Dee Fink, Creating Significant Learning Experiences (2003)
  • Maryellen Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching(2013)
  • John C. Bean, Engaging Ideas (2011)
  • Rebekah Nathan, My Freshman Year (2005)

And books by Parker Palmer, Ken Bain, Susan A. Ambrose et al., John D. Bransford et al., Barbara G. Davis, Donald L. Finkel, and Wilbert J. Mckeachie.

Looks like I have some reading to do!

One thought on “Growing the 8% starts with me

  1. Thanks for this, Alena – 8% is pretty shocking! The list of books to start with is great. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to just start thinking about teaching a little differently rather than getting stuck in the “we’ve always done it this way” mindset.

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