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Macmillan, John; Mclean, Monica J. – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
This article reports the design and effects of a practical, pedagogic experiment motivated by the wish to encourage greater active learning in first-year tutorials along with a range of other learning skills, in particular the practice of good argumentation. The project has its roots in a formal accredited programme in teaching and learning that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Persuasive Discourse, Feedback
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Toynton, Robert – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
For the mature student, the recognition and validation of prior knowledge, much of which may be tacit, is central to both confidence and further learning. From a theoretical stance the use of interdisciplinary study or applying interdisciplinary approaches within monodisciplinary study should benefit the learning of the mature student. Such…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Prior Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Lifelong Learning
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Stead, David R. – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
Lecturers who use the one-minute paper generally praise it as a learning tool, for the teacher as well as the students. This article surveys the literature on this widely applicable technique and presents new evidence on students opinions of it and the extent of its use in the classroom. The benefits for both students and teachers appear sizeable…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Feedback
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Burke, Veronica; Jones, Ian; Doherty, Mike – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
Despite the assumption that transferable skills are part and parcel of a graduate's portfolio, there is a lack of information about the extent to which such skills may be perceived by students to be valuable. Although the skills agenda has been at the forefront of Higher Education (HE) provision for some time, contemporary studies focus upon…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Higher Education, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Kirkpatrick, Graeme – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
This article assesses the pedagogic value of the "chat" facility in the Blackboard integrated learning platform. It draws on a case study carried out by the author in the 2001-2 academic session. A level three class in research methods involved students in group working away from class and student feedback indicated that more support was needed to…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Computer Mediated Communication, Teaching Methods, Higher Education
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East, Rob – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
In order to facilitate personal development planning (PDP), the UK higher education sector is committed to introducing progress files. This article explores the experience of one institution in seeking to establish a system of progress files. It identifies the main practical problems in doing this, highlighting the lack of agreement on the skills…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, College Students
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Jowett, Adrian K. – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
This study sought to discover if staff in a university department believed the 1998 Subject Review to be a valid Quality Assurance process and if its findings could benefit the department. Fifteen academic staff members took part in semi-structured interviews and the content of their responses was analysed qualitatively. Respondents described how…
Descriptors: Quality Control, Institutional Evaluation, Case Studies, Learning Theories
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Alpay, Esat – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
Discussion is given on the relevance of group dynamic processes in promoting decision-making in email discussion groups. General theories on social facilitation and social loafing are considered in the context of email groups, as well as the applicability of psychodynamic and interaction-based models. It is argued that such theories may indeed…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Group Dynamics, Social Influences, Decision Making
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Huxham, Mark – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
Many educational development resources recommend making conventional lectures more interactive. However, there is little firm evidence supporting either the acceptability (to students) or efficacy of doing so. This research examined the use of short 'interactive windows' (discussions and problem-solving exercises) in first year evolution lectures…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Problem Solving, Lecture Method, Student Attitudes
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Saunders, Mark N. K.; Williams, ChristineS. – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
For many students and lecturers evaluation is confined to some form of survey. Whilst these can provide useful feedback, their focus is likely to reflect the values and norms of those commissioning and undertaking the evaluation. For real improvements in quality to occur both lecturers' and students' perspectives of factors that are important need…
Descriptors: Feedback, Evaluation Methods, Quality Control, Models
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Finlay, Sara-Jane; Faulkner, Guy – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
This project was inspired by an awareness of the lack of engagement with the research literature by our students. The project consisted of self-help reading groups that centralized student discussion with three research objectives: to encourage students to engage with a broader range of literature, to encourage critical thinking around subject…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Critical Thinking, Peer Influence
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2005
Tertiary institutions are under increasing pressure to improve student outcomes such as retention, persistence and completion. In 2002, the New Zealand Ministry of Education commissioned a team of Massey University researchers to conduct a best evidence synthesis of literature on how institutions might improve student outcomes. Our study found two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Shah, Anita; Pell, Katherine; Brooke, Pam – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2004
The First Destination Survey of new graduates provides only a snapshot of graduate employment. This longitudinal study explores more fully the career pathways taken by undergraduates from two programmes and examines which skills acquired at university contributed to successful employment and development of their careers. It was found that 99…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Curriculum Development, Careers, Information Technology
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Saunders, Danny; Brake, Mark; Griffiths, Martin; Thornton, Rosi – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2004
It is argued that a positive response to lifelong learning policies involves the use of imaginative curriculum design in order to attract learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who are otherwise alienated from higher education. In this article a case study is presented based on the popularity of science fiction within popular culture, beginning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, Science Fiction
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Taylor, Mark; Moynihan, Eddie; McWilliam, Jennie; Gresty, David – Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, 2004
In UK higher education a primary aim of business IT-related qualifications is the preparation of students for a relevant career. In this article we discuss an approach to teaching business IT ethics in a university context that prepares students for the ethical problems that they may meet in their future IT careers, and we demonstrate how this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods, Ethics, Foreign Countries
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