Contextual Teaching and Learning
What It Is and Why It's Here to Stay
- Elaine B. Johnson - Educational consultant, Lake Oswego, OR
Learning & the Brain | Student Engagement & Motivation | Thinking Skills
Contextual Teaching and Learning: What It Is and Why It's Here to Stay stresses interdependence, differentiation, and self-organization as the principals that form CTL, as opposed to the dualism between thought and action that plagues traditional views on education. Elaine B Johnson illustrates the relationship between brain functions, memory retention, and teaching methods, and the significance of incorporating real life examples in lesson plans.
"Dr. Johnson’s book is far more than a how-to guide for constructing meaningful learning activities for students. It is the definitive treatise on the fundamental concepts of acquiring and transferring knowledge. This is an invaluable contribution."
"This is a ‘must’ read for all teachers and administrators in their search for meaning. Elaine Johnson has artfully captured the essence of the ‘best practices’ conversation taking place in schools today by speaking directly to the heart of classroom experience."
"…(This book) is a solid, definitive guide … to enable teachers from grade school through university levels help students achieve academic excellence. Contextual Teaching and Learning is a welcome and invaluable addition to professional and academic teacher education supplemental reading lists and reference collections."
"This book serves as an excellent guide to contextual teaching and learning (CTL). Presenting a clear case for practices that the best teachers intuitively use, Johnson ties theory to practice and demonstrates the application of the techniques prescribed."