Seven Principles of Effective Teaching

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Arthur W. Gamson developed seven principles to effective teaching which have been among the most influential ideas of the past twenty years in relation to teaching theory.

It seems pretty straight forward but if we remembered to embrace them, we would be much more effective teachers.

  1. Encourage instructor/student contact
  2. Encourage cooperation among students
  3. Encourage active learning
  4. Give prompt feedback
  5. Emphasize time on task
  6. Communicate high expectations
  7. Respect diverse talents and ways of learning

Source: Chickering, Arthur W. Gamson, Zelda F.(1987) Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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