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Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article presents the case for the use of the 'think-aloud protocol' by teachers who engage in action-research as a source of constructive information about their students' cognitive learning processes. This method calls upon learners to talk their thoughts out aloud, during engagement in some learning activity regarding which the researching…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Educational Research, Action Research, Learning Processes
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Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
The principles advocated in the widely acclaimed keynote texts on reflection have nominally been followed for over 30 years in educational programmes and schemes for professional development. This article was prompted by the impression that practice and theorising reported in publications about journal writing does not consistently endorse the…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Reflection, Metacognition, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Mogey, Nora; Cowan, John; Paterson, Jessie; Purcell, Mike – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Keyboarding (typing) is a ubiquitous skill for most UK students, and most coursework essays must be word processed. However, few examinations, other than for students with disabilities, permit the use of a word processor. It is not known how students would respond given a free choice between handwriting and word processing in an essay examination.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Essay Tests, College Students, Preferences
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Vlachopoulos, Panos; Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2010
Much has been published in recent years about the desirable nature of facilitated interactions in online discussions for educational purposes. However, little has been reported about the roles that tutors actually adopt in real-life learning contexts, how these range between "tutoring", "managing" and "facilitating",…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Online Courses, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Cowan, John; Westwood, Jenny – Active Learning in Higher Education: The Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2006
Seven experienced university teachers who already required reflective journal writing from their students undertook an innovative experiment in which they made the same demand of themselves, with their own continuing professional development (CPD) in mind. Six of them received and considered confidential facilitative comments upon each journal…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Professional Development, College Faculty, Journal Writing