Gurung a co-author of book on teaching, learning strategies

Prof. Regan A. R. GurungUW-Green Bay psychology professor Regan A. R. Gurung, chairman of the Human Development academic unit, is co-author of Optimizing Teaching and Learning: Practicing Pedagogical Research, due out in January from Blackwell Publishing.

The 256-page hardcover was written with Prof. Beth M. Schwartz of Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va. It is intended as a practical guide for educators interested in implementing and advancing best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning (known as SoTL).

book cover, Optimizing Teaching and Learning: Practicing Pedagogical ResearchGurung and Schwartz say their book:

• bridges the gap between the research and practice of SoTL
• provides explicit instructions on how to design, conduct, analyze, and write-up SoTL work
• includes samples of actual questionnaires and other materials (e.g., focus group questions) that will jumpstart investigations into teaching and learning
• explores the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical practices and present applications of SoTL using case studies from a variety of disciplines.

Gurung has been active on faculty development committees and a leader of UW-Green Bay and UW System SoTL initiatives. He is currently a member of a national taskforce for the scholarship of teaching and learning.

More detail about the book can be found at