Education Theory Made Practice, volume 2The ALiEM Team is delighted to announce yet another eBook publication: the second volume in the Education Theory Made Practical series. This book was a labor of love written by the 2017-18 Faculty Incubator class. We are very proud of all our Faculty Incubator alumni who made this happen. Their hard work has been compiled in this FREE, peer-reviewed eBook. We sincerely feel that it will be useful for all the educators out there, wrestling with the issue of integrating theory into practice.

Special shout out to Dr. Anthony Artino (@mededdoc) for providing us a really thought-provoking foreword.

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The book is available in 2 formats:

  1. iBook format via the iTunes bookstore
  2. PDF format via ResearchGate

About the Book

The Education Theory Made Practical series aims to make the theoretical underpinnings of education psychology come alive for health professions teachers, who are seeking to use theory to inform their clinical and classroom teaching.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Action Learning
Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD; Jennifer Mitzman, MD; Geoff Jara-Almonte, MD

Chapter 2: Digital Natives
Neeral Shah MD, Tina Dulani MD

Chapter 3: Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
Jordana Haber, MD, MACM; Alan Cherney, MD; Logan Weygandt, MD

Chapter 4: Organizational Learning
Nathaniel Scott, MD; Tom Davis, MD; Simran Buttar, MD

Chapter 5: Self-Determination Theory
Scott Leutchen, DO; Asit Misra, MD

Chapter 6: Spaced Repetition Theory
Benjamin Schnapp, MD; Sreeja Natesan, MD; Stephanie Kok, MD

Chapter 7: Zone of Proximal Development
Lee Eisner, PhD; Dina Wallin, MD; Andrew Vincent, DO

Chapter 8: Transformative Learning Theory
Eashwar Chandrasekaran, MD, MSc; Alan Taylor, MD; Jen Williams, MBBS, MClinEd

Chapter 9: Deliberate Practice
Michael Overbeck, MD; Christine Butts, MD; John Casey, DO, MA

Chapter 10: Constructive Developmental Framework
Andrea Patineau, MD; Ernesto Romo, MD; Natasha Wheaton, MD

About our Process

As part of the 2017-18 Faculty Incubator program, each 2 or 3-person team authored a primer on a key education theory on the International Clinician Educator (ICE) blog. These posts were published serially over a 10-week period. Each post featured a key educationally-relevant theory by starting with a vignette that situated the theory. Following this vignette, there was an explanation, a short history of the theory, and an annotated bibliography for further reading. To ensure high quality, we then asked the #MedEd and #FOAMed online communities to join us in peer-reviewing these posts. After incorporating many of the peer review comments, each blog post was converted into a book chapter within this first volume of a series of books for budding clinician-educators – the Education Theory Made Practical series.

How to Cite This Book

Gottlieb M, Chan TM, Krzyzaniak S, Grossman C, Robinson D, Papanagnou D (Eds). (2018) Education Theory Made Practical: Volume 2 (1st Edition). Digital File. San Francisco, CA: Academic Life in Emergency Medcine. ISBN: 978-0-9992825-3-3.  Available at:

Education Theory Made Practical home page

Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE
ALiEM Associate Editor
Emergency Physician, Hamilton
Associate Professor, McMaster University
Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, McMaster University Ontario, Canada
Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE


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