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Effective Teaching Practices

Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

Good practice in undergraduate education

  • encourages student-faculty contact
  • encourages cooperation among students
  • encourages active learning
  • gives prompt feedback
  • emphasizes time on task
  • communicates high expectations
  • respects diverse talents and ways of learning


Chickering, A.W. & Gamson, Z.F. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 39 (7), 3 - 7.

Twelve Attributes of Quality in Undergraduate Education

The organizational culture must have

  • high expectations
  • respect for diverse talents and learning styles
  • an emphasis on the early years of study

A quality curriculum requires

  • coherence in learning
  • synthesis of experiences
  • ongoing practice of learned skills
  • integration of education and experience

Quality instruction incorporates

  • active learning
  • assessment and prompt feedback
  • collaboration
  • adequate time on task
  • out-of-class contact with faculty

Ewell, P. & Jones, D. (1996). Indicators of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education: A Handbook for Development and Implementation. Boulder, CO: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

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