Dr. Barbara Cox is a native Californian. She is tenured full-time faculty and Chair of the Business Department.
THE SHORT STORY
Ph.D. Education and psychology. Stanford University. 1983.
Emphasis on learning and teaching; curriculum design; effective instruction; learner behaviors; also market research; consumer behaviors; advertising.
Twenty years corporate and small business experience in product development, market research, marketing/advertising. Principal of Cox Marketing Services. Taught business communications, publications development/management, operations research. Teaching accounting/finance, sales, marketing, business English, oral business communications, introduction to business.
Teaching real estate at Saddleback since 1997 (principles, practice, finance, technologies, "math," and license preparation.
Developed, administered and taught 22-course curriculum for huge Association of Realtors.
Teaching and designing teaching for over thirty years, mostly in real estate and business education, but also in training teachers.
Author of many textbooks, including several in real estate, business communication, language development, and effective teaching. She designs instruction and writes for major publishers
Many years experience in instructional design—design of textbooks, workbooks, class sessions, courses, and curricula—that will promote learning. Organizing instructional components in a way that most increases likelihood of successful learning.
Private sector teaching: marketing, business communications, math, medical studies, ESL, publishing, editing, human relations, operations research, market research, and lots more.
All students can be successful learners if they are provided with a healthy learning environment, plain language instruction, examples and assignments that are relevant to their background and experience, and engaging, patient teaching.
My job is to help students learn. If a student doesn’t learn, then I haven’t provided the environment, materials, interactions, or instructional approaches that were needed.
To provide the situations, physical, cognitive, and emotional, that will engage learners and nurture learning for an individual student or a group of students is to solve a continually renewing puzzle—finding the combination that will result in effective learning is the challenge and the reward.
I have tremendous respect for anyone who is attempting to acquire or develop knowledge and skills. Teaching adults is especially rewarding. The awareness that the group of people in any given course includes an amazing wealth and diversity of knowledge and experience is humbling. No instructor will ever have anywhere near the conceptual or experiential resources represented by the collective knowledge and history of a class of learners.