Book Review: Designing and Using Effective Learning Environments

BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

Felder and Brent’s Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass: San Francsico, CA), is a new entry in a market that has been flooded with similar offerings – those targeted towards improving teaching and instruction – recently. This volume though is slightly different as it focuses specifically on STEM educators and is one of the more comprehensive of such volumes. Both authors are recognized leaders in the area of STEM education and have decades of experience in STEM education as well as in faculty development. The engineering education community in particular knows their work well. It utilizes research on learning as a basis for the advice provided in the book.

Before I talk more about this book, I have to start with a caveat….

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