UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching
TiHE Introductory Literature
Literature and links: Introductory literature
There is no required reading for this course.
This resource can be used as a basis for your continuing professional development as a teacher in higher education (HE). You don’t have to focus only on the literature recommended here, although you may want to look at some of the seminal articles. You’re welcome to find your own books and articles too.
If you would like to buy a book, there are a lot to choose from. If you have an e-book reader you can download samples and see what appeals.
One example: John Biggs has had an enormous influence on the way we think about teaching and learning in higher education. The latest edition of his book includes an overview of some of the research linked to practical approaches to helping students to achieve what he terms 'quality learning’ at university.
Biggs, J. and Tang, C. (2011). Teaching for Quality Learning at University, (4th Ed) Maidenhead: Open University Press McGraw Hill Education
Journals on Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
This list is far from comprehensive but it is a starting point. The impact of some journals is provided for interest.
Search the name of your subject for subject-related educational journals. There are many and although they may focus on school-based learning they often include work on learning in higher education.
These journals include articles on higher education:
(Impact factor from the ISS Web of Knowledge 2010 JCR Social Science Edition).
Educational Researcher 3.774
British Journal of Educational Technology 2.139
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 1.205
Assessment and Evaluation in HE 0.734
Teaching in Higher Education 0.554
Science (with a very high impact factor) now has some important articles on higher education (see here for an example).
Medical journals often include very interesting work on education which is also of general interest. The approach to research used by medical scientists who teach is often appealing to science disciplines (see here for an example).
List of HE Journals (impact not checked)
Active Learning in Higher Education
Higher Education in Europe
Higher Education Quarterly
Higher Education Research and Development
Higher Education Review
Journal of Higher Education
Research in Higher Education
Studies in Higher Education
Seminal articles on teaching and learning in higher education: a brief selection
Marton, F. & Säljö, R. (1976) On qualitative differences in learning i: Outcome and process. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 46, 4-11.
Trigwell, K., Prosser, M. & Waterhouse, F. (1999) Relations between teachers' approaches to teaching and students' approaches to learning. Higher education, 37(1), 57-70.
Research into learning at university: longitudinal study
The Enhancing Teaching and Learning Environments in Undergraduate Courses Project (ETL project) publications (2001-2007) are all worthwhile. A number of studies are subject-based. There are also some excellent short videos by David Perkins, Professor of Education at Harvard. Scroll down to ‘video clips’. If you watch these you will gain worthwhile perspectives on teaching and learning.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
This link contains further helpful resources:
UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)
The HEA has a treasure trove of resources of all kinds, and a range of case studies to draw on. You can also access a range of subject centres. Although many of these have officially closed there is still a lot of valuable material archived on their sites.
Tips and tricks: a range of resources
2. These pages may appear to be less prestigious but they include a wealth of accessible practical information. Some of the pages apply to the US college concerned.
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