Cultivating a Beginner’s Mind: How Textbook Writing Improves Our Undergraduate Teaching

Cultivating a Beginner’s Mind: How Textbook Writing Improves Our Undergraduate Teaching

By Melissa R. Michelson, Menlo College and J. Theodore Anagnoson, California State University–Los Angeles

As coauthors of the eighth edition of a widely used textbook on California politics that was first published in 2008 (Anagnoson et al. 2021), we have learned valuable lessons about how best to approach writing an introductory textbook and how best to work with a relatively large (and shifting) team of coauthors. For those scholars who are considering dipping their toes into these murky waters, this article describes our lessons learned on these two topics.

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