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Rowinsky-Geurts, Mercedes – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
The purpose of the conference presentation upon which this paper is inspired was to present an innovative approach to motivate students to write in a second language during a first-year Spanish class. Usually, students comply with writing exercises that convey basic thoughts, due to constrained vocabulary and limited knowledge of grammatical…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Writing (Composition), Writing Exercises
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Stone, David C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
In this paper I summarize some key findings from a three-year study of the high school-university transition for students attending a large arts and science faculty, within the context of their first university chemistry course. I then discuss these results within the broader context of research on success in higher education. Final conclusions…
Descriptors: High Schools, Transitional Programs, Chemistry, College Students
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Moraru, Andreea; LeBoutillier, Janelle C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This study proposes an innovative instructional method for enhancing critical reading skills. Students enrolled in an undergraduate neuroscience course offered at the University of Toronto Scarborough reported that they often experience difficulty in analyzing and interpreting empirical and review journal articles. Our research focuses on student…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Reading, Reading Skills, Neurosciences
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Hickson, Clive; Wilson, Margaret – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Similar to faculty development offerings at other North American post-secondary institutions, the University of Alberta has delivered orientations and short programs that primarily focus on teaching techniques. While this type of professional development is an important element of enhancing teaching, the literature stresses the need for learning…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Foreign Countries, Professional Development
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Tomkinson, Bland; Engel, Charles; Tomkinson, Rosemary – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
The world faces a number of complex challenges that are sometimes referred to as "wicked problems." Universities have been relatively poor at preparing graduates for such challenges, yet it will be the future professionals who need to tackle the problems. This essay looks at two related projects that have attempted to advance the skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Engineering Education, Science Education
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Browning, Catherine; Sheffield, Suzanne Le-May – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
This paper shares new insights on the first-year university student transition experience. Our research focuses on students' practice of academic skills developed in a "Foundations for Learning" course, from their own perspective, after they completed the course. Once they had an opportunity to practice what they learned in subsequent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Transitional Programs, First Year Seminars
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Bradley, Sally Ann – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
This paper discusses the issues around the professional development needs of sessional teaching staff in the UK. The introduction of the UK professional standards framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education in 2006 raised the issue of engaging the wide range of staff, faculty, and learning support in professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty
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Pelton, Tim; Pelton, Leslee Francis; Sanseverino, Mary – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
This project began in response to a perceived need to assess students' perceptions with respect to the emerging use of audience response systems (clickers) in several mid- to large-size undergraduate courses at the University of Victoria. We developed and validated a "Clicker Use Survey" to gather students' opinions with respect to…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Undergraduate Students
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