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Sheffield publishes book on teaching theory

5/1/2009 —

Donald Sheffield, affiliate professor of education at Penn State Beaver, is the author of "Practice Makes Perfect-NOT: Excellence is a Habit!" The book is designed primarily as a guide for parents and educators.

"The book challenges us to look at ourselves and our educational system with an eye to the future," said Sheffield. "Practice does not make perfect; practice makes permanent. If what we are practicing is flawed, it will be reflected in the outcome. Therefore, from an early age, we must teach our children proper study practices, a strong value system and a work ethic geared toward excellence. Parents and teachers must partner with the student to provide these tools, ensuring the best possible result."

Sheffield was a former administrative assistant to Joe Paterno, served as director of the Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at Penn State and was director of diversity outreach for the Office of Outreach and Cooperative Extension. Sheffield developed field programs to improve the multicultural education of undergraduate students for Penn State. He is the founder and president of TAME (Techniques Assisting Motivation and Excellence) Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to cultural excellence.

He holds a doctoral degree in higher education from Penn State, a master's degree from Slippery Rock University, and a bachelor's degree from Geneva College.

Sheffield can be reached at dxs6@psu.edu or (724) 773-3564.

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