Thomas Professor’s Chapter Published on Navigating Multigenerational Teaching Web Director | July 25, 2018

WATERVILLE, MAINE, July 2018 — Dr. Richard Biffle, Professor of Education at Thomas College, recently had a chapter included in a new book, Effective Teaching; Educators Perspective of Meaning Making in Higher Education, edited by Shelley B. Harris, Texas A & M University.

The book discusses various aspects of teaching, and asks the following questions: What is effective teaching and what pedagogical models are being used in teacher education and evaluation? The purpose of this book is for current educators to share their effective practices in higher education – the program demographics, the vision, the preparation, the process, and the outcome.

Dr. Biffle is a professor of education at Thomas College, where his focus is on education, sociology, anthropology, and archaeology. He also designed and teaches STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). His 38-year career in higher education, his extensive travel around the world, and his independent research and writing have also led to numerous positions in education and the social sciences, including K-8 teacher and administrator.

The title of Dr. Biffle’s chapter is “Weaving a Tapestry of Multigenerational Effective Teaching Practice.” The chapter explores whether defining the characteristics of each generation is most important or whether the merits of people within the context of teaching and instruction in schools is the bigger issue.

“Understanding others helps us to understand ourselves. We will explore problems, solutions, and strategies to help overcome the challenges and issues that present themselves across generational relationships,” said Biffle.

This book is a peer-reviewed, volume of essays written by current university professors that critically examines the phenomenon of best practices in teacher education, evaluation and education more broadly.

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