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Gillett, Andy; Hammond, Angela – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
This article presents the results of a preliminary survey of assessment tasks undertaken by students in higher education at a particular university. A key premise of the study was that the ability to handle assessment is central to the development of academic and professional literacy. Much of the current literature on assessment demonstrates a…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Higher Education, College Students
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Irvine, Naomi; Carmichael, Patrick – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Participants with teaching and research experience across eight disciplinary areas were introduced to the idea of "threshold concepts" and were then invited to identify potential threshold concepts in their own disciplines through small-scale research activities. Participants conceptualized their involvement in different ways: for some it provided…
Descriptors: English Literature, Educational Research, Reflection, Faculty Development
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Kapitanoff, Susan H. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Research has demonstrated that collaborative testing, working on tests in groups, leads to improved test scores but the mechanism by which this occurs has not been specified. Three factors were proposed as mediators: cognitive processes, interpersonal interactions and reduced test-anxiety. Thirty-three students completed a multiple-choice exam…
Descriptors: Testing, Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Test Anxiety
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Young, Mark S.; Robinson, Stephanie; Alberts, Phil – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Maintaining student concentration in lectures has long been a challenge for lecturers. Pedagogical research consistently finds a drop in attention between 10 and 30 minutes into the lecture, which has been associated with the passive nature of the standard format, and has consequences for learning approaches and outcomes. A similar phenomenon has…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Lecture Method, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation
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Mauldin, R. Kirk – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
This study examined the differences in male and female students' perceptions of how much they had learned and how fairly their performance had been measured when choice between constructed response, selective response, or mixed testing formats was introduced into different classrooms. Results revealed that introducing assessment choice into a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Gender Differences, Males, Females
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Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Collins, Kathleen M. T.; Jiao, Qun G. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
This study investigated the degree that social interdependence predicted the achievement of 26 cooperative learning groups. Social interdependence was assessed in terms of postgraduate students' individual orientation (that is, cooperative, competitive, and individualistic). Participants were 84 postgraduate students enrolled in an…
Descriptors: Individualism, Research Methodology, Cooperative Learning, Active Learning
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Muldoon, Robyn – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
The encouragement of the development of a set of graduate attributes to enhance employability in universities is not new. Mostly, however, it takes place within the formal curriculum. This article presents a case study of the outcomes of an institutional award for student development through extra-curricular activity. There are three categories of…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Part Time Employment, Recognition (Achievement), Student Development
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Kennedy, Ruth R. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
The students in three sections of a class rated their knowledge and identified their view before and after each of five in-class debates. The degree of self-reported knowledge was significantly different after four of the five debates. Between 31% and 58% of participants changed their views after participating in or observing each debate. Some…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Debate, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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Leedham, Maria – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
The prose essay, case study and laboratory report, composed by individual students in isolation from their peers, used to be the mainstay of undergraduate writing. However, in recent years an array of alternative assignment types such as blogs, letters and e-posters have widened the repertoire of texts expected. This article attempts to describe…
Descriptors: Assignments, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Interviews
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Moizer, Jonathan; Lean, Jonathan; Towler, Michael; Abbey, Caroline – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Based on a categorization of simulation and gaming barriers developed in a previous study, this work seeks to explore in greater depth the composition and nature of these obstacles. It examines the interrelationships between the barriers and the impact of other contextual factors in the pedagogic environment. A series of in-depth interviews were…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Informal Education, Information Sources, Teaching Methods
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Barron, Paul; D'Annunzio-Green, Norma – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
While the most common type of student entering higher education falls within the 17-19-year-old age group, universities in the UK are keen to accept other categories of students onto programmes as a means of increasing diversity and maintaining student numbers in the latter portion of a programme. One such category is those students who enter a…
Descriptors: Universities, Age, Time Management, Older Adults
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Dale, Crispin; Pymm, John M. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
With the growing influence of social media on contemporary society, educators have to adapt to new ways of engaging students in the learning process. The use of iPod technologies, as part of this new breed of social media and associated gadgetry, offers fresh opportunities to enhance the student learning experience. As part of a research project…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Adjustment (to Environment), Attitude Change
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O'Donnell, Victoria L.; Tobbell, Jane; Lawthom, Rebecca; Zammit, Maria – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
This article explores transition to postgraduate (PG) study in terms of the widening participation (WP) agenda. The research is located within a Communities of Practice framework, allowing for explanations of transition in terms of learning, identity and participation in practices. A qualitative ethnographic methodology is employed, and analysis…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Transitional Programs, Graduate Study, Higher Education
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Turney, C. S. M.; Robinson, D.; Lee, M.; Soutar, A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Improvements in technology appear to provide an unprecedented opportunity to improve learning and teaching within the higher education system. At present, however, opinions are divided over the efficacy of such an approach and the extent to which technology should be embraced in teaching. Over a period of two years, we have developed a new…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education
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Bartram, Brendan; Bailey, Carol – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Recent years have seen a considerable growth in the numbers of international students coming to study in the UK. In an attempt to identify the extent to which differences in understandings and expectations of "effective teaching practice" might impede their successful integration into academic life, the following article offers a…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Teaching Skills
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