Like the 60s western of the same name, this “Magnificent Seven” is a classic. Claire and Jim discuss the Seven Principles of for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. Nearly 30 years later, this short essay continues to be one of the best foundations for any college-level teaching experience. Whether you’re a new face to teaching or a grizzled veteran of the classroom, Chickering & Gamson’s work is a must-read (or re-read) for any university instructor.
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The Seven Principles state that good practice in undergraduate education:
Encourages student-faculty contact
Encourages cooperation among students
Encourages active learning
Gives prompt feedback
Emphasizes time on task
Communicates high expectations
Respects diverse talents and ways of learning
Chickering, A. W., & Gamson, Z. F. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 9(2), 3–7.