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The Chronicle of Higher Education columnist James M. Lang lists the Top 10 Books on Teaching.* Here is his list:

  1. What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  2. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel (Harvard University Press, 2014)
  3. How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
  4. Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham (Jossey-Bass, 2009)
  5. The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning by James E. Zull (Stylus, 2002)
  6. Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by José Antonio Bowen (Jossey-Bass, 2012)
  7. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (Ballantine, 2006)
  8. How College Works by Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs (Harvard University Press, 2014)
  9. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Harper Perennial, 1990)
  10. Cheating in College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do About It by Donald L. McCabe, Kenneth D. Butterfield, and Linda K. Treviño (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)

Lang's planned reading includes Creating Significant Learning Experiences, 2nd ed. by L. Dee Fink and Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom by John C. Bean.

  • Thanks to Bil Goffe for bringing this list to our attention.