Good Teaching: Motivation or Mystery?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 772-774. This volume (see record 1997-97382-000) describes the rich complexity of variables that exist to motivate and demotivate faculty in higher education. College and university administrators must acquire this volume in hopes of someday being able to nurture good teaching. James L. Bess and a distinguished group of international scholars use a multidisciplinary approach to sharpen the focus on a highly diffuse subject matter. The phenomena dealt with are complex and the solutions offered are at times sophisticated and stimulating. The quality of the chapters varies with some well written and some that are filled with entirely too much jargon. The volume has a well-integrated design and the authors introduction and summary chapters truly speak to his profound understanding of this area. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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