The increasing pace of pedagogical research over the past couple decades can easily lead to a predicament: wanting to expand your use of effective, evidence-based teaching methods without knowing how to start or, even worse, feeling like you may need to overhaul everything you do if you start down that path. Felder and Brent reassure us early on that “teaching well does not have to be harder than teaching poorly.” In their book Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide, they walk readers through the stages of designing classes, teaching, and developing student skills in STEM courses, offering a wide variety of bite-sized research-based strategies as options.

The book systematically addresses planning and executing an effective class when read cover to cover, but the authors suggest “instead of reading the book like a novel, treat it like a reference work”; indeed, reading a few relevant pages or a chapter...

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