Making Learning Happen: A Guide for Post-Compulsory Education

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This Second Edition of Making Learning Happen provides an accessible and practical discussion of teaching and learning for the post-compulsory sector of higher and further education. Central to the book is the author's well-known `ripples on a pond' model of learning, which identifies fundamental factors underpinning successful learning:

  • wanting to learn
  • taking ownership of the need to learn
  • learning by doing
  • learning through feedback
  • making sense of what is being learned
  • deepening learning through explaining, coaching, teaching
  • further deepening learning through assessing - making informed judgements

The book encourages teachers and students to address these factors head-on in a wide range of contexts, including large-group teaching, the design of assessment, small-group work, reflection, and in making good use of formative feedback.

As well as a thorough update based on feedback to the previous version, this edition includes three new chapters.

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About the Author:

Professor Phil Race is passionate about helping people to learn successfully. Now retired from full-time employment, he runs workshops and gives keynotes throughout the UK and abroad, working with university and college staff on teaching, assessment and feedback methods. He is known for his highly participative style and humour, and getting participants working with post-its!

He lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His wife is Professor Sally Brown, known internationally for her work on fit-for-purpose assessment. Originally a scientist, Phil quickly became interested in teaching and assessment. He has worked at several universities, and is now Visiting Professor at Plymouth University and University Campus Suffolk. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007, and in 2012 became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He publishes widely, but regards ‘Making Learning Happen’ as the favourite of his many books.

He can be contacted through his website: www.phil-race.co.uk

Review:

Praise for the first edition:

`…an abundant supply of a quality that is often lacking in such books: thoughtful originality, backed up by meaningful experience on the part of the author. The book as a whole is mercifully free of unnecessary jargon, and is accessible and friendly in tone…' - ESCalate

`Race… is without a doubt a master of intelligent simplicity…a serious understanding of the needs of learners is clear behind every page… There is an enormous amount of practical, useful material. I will not be in the least surprised if this book is a runaway success' - Anita Pincas, Lifelong Education and International Development, Institute of Education, London

'Phil Race freely shares his experience and his wise counsel in a text where he emerges from the pages as a clear thinking, clear writing, expert in this field, with much to offer' - John Cowan, Emeritus Professor of Learning Development, the Open University

'Excellent resource, especially for those making the transition from practice roles to academia. Phil Race explains his ideas in a way that is simple yet very effective. This book has helped me prepare for my role as a nurse lecturer and helped to reduce many of the stressors I expected to find in entering the classroom environment. The chapter on ‘what can I do when….’  Is invaluable and has already helped me resolve several teaching dilemmas. Highly recommended.' (Paul Smith 2013-07-11)

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