Summer 2017 Reading Groups

The Kaneb Center purchases books on teaching and learning in higher education for small informal reading groups. This service is available to faculty, graduate student teaching assistants, and postdoctoral scholars. To participate:

  1. Choose a book from the list below. Existing groups (with confirmed availability for meeting times) may choose a book from the list below or propose another title. If you propose another title contact for approval prior to step 2.
  2. Sign Up As an individual until Monday, May 22 at 5PM — OR email as an existing group's facilitator (sign up for the GROUP and provide the participating group members' ND email addresses). We will purchase and distribute the books. Groups must have at least 3 individuals.
  3. Read and Discuss The facilitator contacts the group to determine reading goals and arrange meetings. Groups may meet several times with specific reading goals or once, upon completion of the book. We recommend 2 to 4 meetings.
  4. Submit Upon completion, the facilitator provides a short summary (1 page or less) of the group's impressions of the book.

Reading Group



What the Best College Teachers Do
Ken Bain; Harvard University Press; 1 edition; 2004. 207 pages.

A description of common practices of nearly 100 professors identified as the best by their peers, their students, and administrators.

Book Cover, STEM

Teaching and Learning STEM
Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent; Jossey-Bass; 2016. 336 pages.

This book highlights research that tells us learner-centered methods can lead to improved learning outcomes, development of critical high-level skills, and increased retention. The book features a trove of practical research-based strategies for teaching and assessment in STEM disciplines. If you attended the spring workshop you should have a copy of the book; why not read it over the summer? If you weren't there, this is a chance to learn what you missed.

Pedagogy Of The Oppressed


The Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Paulo Freire; Bloomsbury Academic; 30th Anniversary edition; 2000. 183 pages.

Published in Portuguese in 1968 and English in 1970, this work challenges educators to consider pedagogical practices that humanize rather than oppress. Freire suggests accomplishing this by shifting from a "banking concept" of education to a new relationship between teacher, student, and society.

book cover, small teaching

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
James M. Lang; Jossey-Bass; 2016. 272 pages.

This book provides scientific explanations of the cognitive processes of learning and concrete strategies to take advantage of those processes to help students learn. As the publishers say, "Small Teaching bridges the gap between research and practice by providing a fully developed strategy for making deliberate, structured, and incremental steps towards tuning into how your students are hardwired to learn."

The Spark Of Learning


The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion
Sarah Rose Cavanagh; West Virginia University Press; Reprint edition; 2016. 256 pages.

“In friendly, readable prose, Cavanagh argues that if you as an educator want to capture your students’ attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, and enhance their motivation, you should consider the emotional impact of your teaching style and course design.” –