Collection Highlight: TRC

Posted on February 28, 2013. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , |

What does TRC stand for? It stands for Teaching Research Center. Oakton Community College Library has a collection of materials to help instructors (current and future) who want to explore new methods of teaching and learn about new research in the field of education about student populations, assessment, etc. The collection is located on the lower level of the library. Here are some of the recent additions to this collection:

book cover for Classroom Assessment in ActionClassroom Assessment in Action
Mark D. Shermis and Francis J. Di Vesta

“Classroom Assessment in Action clarifies the multi-faceted roles of measurement and assessment and their applications in a classroom setting. Comprehensive in scope, Shermis and Di Vesta explain basic measurement concepts and show students how to interpret the results of standardized tests.

From these basic concepts, the authors then provide clear and ordered discussions of how assessment and instruction is integrated into a functional process to enhance student learning. Guidelines are set forth for constructing various common assessments. Procedures are laid out to evaluate and improve assessments once they are constructed. Ultimately, the authors shed light on the myriad of factors that impact test score interpretation.

In today’s classroom, technology has become a constant companion, and Classroom Assessment in Action exposes teacher candidates to emerging technologies they might encounter in building their repertoire of assessments, whether it be automated essay scoring or electronic portfolios. Classroom Assessment in Action guides its readers to a complete and thorough understanding of assessment and measurement so that they can confidently work with students and parents in explaining results, whether they are from a high-stakes statewide assessment or the grading philosophy to which they ascribe” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for College and the Working ClassCollege and the Working Class: What It Takes to Make It
edited by Allison L. Hurst

“Hurst (sociology, Furman U.) examines different challenges, barriers and opportunities that face working-class college students pursuing the American Dream of upward mobility. She uses five fictional students and a fictional university to illustrate real data about student experiences of expectations and prejudices attached to class, race and sex.

She looks at the history of social mobility and higher education, the challenge to selecting and apply to college without middle-class grooming, the culture shock for first year working-class students, the classed nature of the built environment of college, changing relationships with home and family, and how working-class students plan for the future, which includes a discussion about student loan debt. A final chapter provides a summary of lessons learned by the fictional students and throughout the book suggestions are made for would-be students, college designers and policy planners (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for A Guide to Better TeachingA Guide to Better Teaching: Skills, Advice, and Evaluation for College and University Professors
by Leila Jahangiri and Tom Mucciolo

“A Guide to Better Teaching is a self-help book that provides anyone teaching a college course with a thorough understanding of what it takes to be an effective teacher. Derived from the authors’ extensive research, several interactive assessment tools are included that measure levels of effectiveness according to learner preferences. Each chapter is filled with detailed explanations, relevant stories, and action-driven tables that help them in understanding and applying skills. This book aims to enhance teaching skills by offering critical perspectives, practical suggestions, and techniques for improvement. Whether a new teacher, an adjunct faculty, or a seasoned professor, this comprehensive information can be used to analyze effectiveness or the effectiveness of others. The suggestions and the assessment tools are applicable to the entire spectrum of organizational leaders and managers, in education, government or industry whose work requires giving presentations or communicating in a public forum” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Misbehavior Online in Higher EducationMisbehavior Online in Higher Education
edited by Laura A. Wankel, Charles Wankel

“This collection of eighteen articles on the pitfalls of online education practices examines specific problems in the use of Internet and computer technologies and explores the ways in which advances in technology affect traditional processes for both students and educators.

Topics discussed include online academic publishing, online instructor behavior and technically savvy student populations, Facebook and higher education, cyberbullying, online cheating, and identity verification in online coursework. The contributors are academics in a wide variety of disciplines from primarily US institutions” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for A New Culture of LearningA New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown

“The twenty-first century is a world in constant change. In A New Culture of Learning, Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire and invite us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic.

Typically, when we think of culture, we think of an existing, stable entity that changes and evolves over long periods of time. In A New Culture, Thomas and Brown explore a second sense of culture, one that responds to its surroundings organically. It not only adapts, it integrates change into its process as one of its environmental variables. By exploring play, innovation, and the cultivation of the imagination as cornerstones of learning, the authors create a vision of learning for the future that is achievable, scalable and one that grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it.

The result is a new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as fluid and evolving, the personal is both enhanced and refined in relation to the collective, and the ability to manage, negotiate and participate in the world is governed by the play of the imagination. Replete with stories, this is a book that looks at the challenges that our education and learning environments face in a fresh way” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Students SpeakStudents Speak: Are We Listening?
Kay McClenney

“In this book, the authors describe what good listening requires of college leaders. Specifically, they argue that college administrators, faculty, and staff have to learn how to listen systematically to a representative sample of students, not just to student government leaders.

Colleges also must see beyond what students look like to appreciate how savvy students are about what works for them, and they must be willing to hear what faculty, staff, and administrators often may not want to hear. In other words, colleges have to learn not only to listen but also to listen well” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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