The Two Ends of the Log: Learning and Teaching in Today’s College
edited by Russell Cooper
University of Minnesota Press, 1958
Paper: 978-0-8166-7238-7

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Two Ends of the Log was first published in 1958. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Distinguished professors and administrators from a number of colleges, universities, and related organizations pool their thinking in this volume for an appraisal of college teaching as it stands today and a synthesis of ideals for the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. The book is based on a series of papers presented at a conference on college teaching held at the University of Minnesota under the sponsorship of the Association of Minnesota Colleges. There are 27 chapters by 24 contributors.The chapters in the first section consider various aspects of the learning process. The subjects discussed include an analysis of learning, the motivation of students’ interest, the gifted student, the use of examinations, student-teacher relations, the stimulation of creativity, and the development of critical thinking and judgment.The second section, which deals with teaching, includes chapters on such subjects as a historical survey of teaching, the role of teaching in relation to technological progress, and artistry in teaching.The final section is devoted to individual methods of teaching, both traditional and new. Among chapter topics are the use of television and other audio-visual methods, student personnel services, and the role of the community in college teaching.In addition to presenting the material based on the major conference addresses, the book also includes the reports of analysts who participated in the conference programs. There is a foreword by James Lewis Morrill, former president of the University of Minnesota.

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