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Review of The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons

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Title:Review of The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons
Author(s):Beronda L. Montgomery, (Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.)
Citation:Beronda L. Montgomery, (2007) "Review of The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons", On the Horizon, Vol. 15 Iss: 4, pp.252 - 255
Keywords:Academic staff, Colleges, Higher Education, Learning, Teaching, Universities
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/10748120710836273 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide a reflective evaluation of the concept of the teaching commons as presented by authors Huber and Hutchings and to summarize expected outcomes from participation therein.

Design/methodology/approachAn appraisal of the book The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons is presented to explore the conception of the teaching commons. This review addresses the definition of the teaching commons and explores the establishment of, and participation in, the teaching commons as a means of advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning and for improving student learning.

FindingsA fundamental premise is developed suggesting that the development and utilization of a teaching commons will improve teaching and learning through the provision of a defined safeplace for conversations about teaching and learning and specific avenues to share information about teaching innovations for improving student learning. Sustained faculty engagement in a teaching commons must be supported by formalized institutional recognition and appropriate rewards.

Practical implicationsA practical resource for faculty members involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning and for administrators developing teaching and learning centers or resources for utilization by faculty members.

Originality/valueThis review examines the definition and establishment of a teaching commons for improving the scholarship of teaching and learning at the college and university levels.

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