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Chen, Victoria – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Course instructors often rely on student participation to increase interaction and learning in the classroom. However, while verbalizing thoughts can help students learn, students in this study felt that frequency of contributions was often rewarded over quality. They called this "verbal diarrhea" and explained how prominent it was in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Interaction, College Students
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Chen, Victoria; Leger, Andy; Riel, Annie – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This paper examines the effect of the architectural layout of two classrooms (one flexible and one less-flexible) on Teaching Assistants' (TAs) movement and interactions with students. Four TAs from a first-year undergraduate introductory course were chosen for the two studies. In study 1, the TAs taught the same lesson twice to two groups of…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Classrooms, Undergraduate Students, Classroom Design
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Chen, Victoria – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Education is meant to open your mind, but is that what universities are really doing? Rather than fostering open-minded thinking, the format of lecturing, the lack of interaction among students and instructors, and the passive nature of learning are likely producing the opposite, students with closed-minds. The development and implementation of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Undergraduate Students, Classroom Environment