Title

Inspiring Academics: Learning with the world's greatest university teachers

Date of this Version

7-17-2013

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Details

Citation only

Kinash, S. (2013). [Review of the books Inspiring Academics: Learning with the world's greatest university teachers and The classroom x-factor: The power of body language and nonverbal communication in teaching]. International Journal for Academic Development, 18 (3), 297-302.

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© Copyright Shelley Kinash, 2013

ISSN

1360-144x

Abstract

Extract

The two books reviewed here, Inspiring Academics, edited by Iain Hay and published in 2011, and The Classroom X-Factor, authored by John White and John Gardner and published in 2012, make a significant and distinctive contribution to this important body of literature. Hay’s book serves as evidence that the sector has moved beyond advocating the importance of teaching as at least an equal university priority to that of research. It acknowledges university teachers as ‘great’ and celebrates their outstanding contribution to student learning. Similarly, in White and Gardner’s book, we see that the dominant discourse has moved beyond justifying the importance of teachers and teaching to presenting a rigorous and robust pedagogy.