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Holley, Karri A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Threshold concepts have been widely utilized to understand learning in academic disciplines and student experiences in a disciplinary curriculum. This study considered how threshold concepts might operate within an interdisciplinary setting. Data were collected through interviews with 40 doctoral students enrolled in an interdisciplinary program…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Fundamental Concepts, Neurosciences, Case Studies
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Chapman, LeeAnna Young; McConnell, David A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
The next generation of professors will come from today's graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, but we do not know much about their preparation to use research-validated teaching practices. This study characterizes the teaching beliefs of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who represent future geoscience instructors though we…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice, College Faculty
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Mansbach, Jessica; Austin, Ann E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Students' demand for online learning continues. At the same time, results of multiple studies from the early 2000s through the present day point to a set of common concerns that may explain faculty members' hesitation and resistance to online teaching. However, less is known about how faculty members experience online teaching, especially the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Settles, Isis H.; Brassel, Sheila T.; Montgomery, Georgina M.; Elliott, Kevin C.; Soranno, Patricia A.; Cheruvelil, Kendra Spence – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
As scientific teams in academia have become increasingly large, interdisciplinary, and diverse, more attention has been paid to honorary authorship (i.e., giving authorship to those not making a significant contribution). Our study examined whether honorary authorship occurs because of the desire to include all or many team members. Interviews…
Descriptors: Authors, Faculty Publishing, Interviews, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Bernstein-Sierra, Samantha; Kezar, Adrianna – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
In this article we report on our examination of the challenges faced by four successful and long-standing national STEM reform communities. Drawing primarily on interview data from a large-scale, multi-year study informed by literature on "communities of practice" (CoPs) (Wenger et al. 2002), we describe five categories of challenges…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Interviews
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Copenheaver, Carolyn A.; Predmore, S. Andrew; Fuhrman, Nicholas E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Graduate students are rewarded with better job opportunities if they can demonstrate a productive publishing record. In this article we report on a writing program that generated technical publications in a discipline-based graduate class. Seventeen student authors were interviewed about the influence of the experience on their professional…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Writing for Publication, Technical Writing, Authors
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DeAngelo, Linda; Mason, Jessica; Winters, Dana – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Faculty-student interaction is critical for quality undergraduate education. Faculty mentorship provides concrete benefits for students, faculty members, and institutions. However, little is known about the effect of institutional context on mentorship. Using data from interviews of 98 faculty at five different California State University…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Progress Monitoring, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
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Blumberg, Phyllis – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This article proposes a recommended course of action for faculty development based upon Rogers' theory of Diffusion of Innovations and data collected in a study looking at the prevalence of use of learning-centered teaching practices. Specific faculty development strategies are aligned with Rogers' factors influencing decisions to adopt…
Descriptors: Influences, Performance Factors, Adoption (Ideas), Faculty Development
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Terosky, Aimee LaPointe; Gonzales, Leslie D. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In this study we extended Neumann's scholarly learning theory (2009)?and Hansen's theory on vocation (1994, 1995) to explore the scholarly learning of faculty members employed at institutional types not typically recognized for faculty work beyond teaching. Through interviews with 22 participants, we studied the content of and reasons for…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Interviews, Scholarship, Teacher Attitudes
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Hilbun, Ashlie Junot; Mamiseishvili, Ketevan – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
The study we report here explored how private liberal arts colleges adapted to the Great Recession of 2007. We examined institutional changes at three private liberal arts colleges and their effects on the institutions' operations. For this multiple-case study we analyzed data from three colleges in the southeastern region of the United States;…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Liberal Arts, Economic Climate, Financial Exigency
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McClure, Kevin R. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Colleges and universities in the United States have developed and implemented a wide array of opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship. Drawing upon an institutional case study, this article examines why one public research university initiated and supported curricular and co-curricular offerings in…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Institutional Research
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Hnat, Hope Bradley; Mahony, Daniel; Fitzgerald, Shawn; Crawford, Fashaad – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Although the organizational justice theoretical framework has been used frequently across a wide variety of settings, its use in examining higher education institutions has been limited. The purpose of the study reported here was to begin the process of applying this framework to higher education by identifying the distributive justice…
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Higher Education, Social Justice, Deans
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Reybold, L. Earle; Konopasky, Abigail; Trepal, Heather; Haberstroh, Shane – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
As Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of Gulf Coast residents to evacuate, U.S. communities established shelters for emergency intake. Faculty members across the country, especially those trained in counseling, volunteered immediately for crisis work. This study examined the experiences of a faculty response team from one counselor education…
Descriptors: Counselor Educators, Natural Disasters, Experience, Interviews
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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
In this article we describe models of academic rigor from the student point of view. Drawing on a campus-wide survey, focus groups, and interviews with students, we found that students explained academic rigor in terms of workload, grading standards, level of difficulty, level of interest, and perceived relevance to future goals. These findings…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards
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Wurdinger, Scott; Qureshi, Mariam – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study examined whether life skills could be developed in a Project Based Learning (PBL) course. The participants were students enrolled in a graduate level PBL course. The same 35-question survey was given to students at the beginning and end of the course, and students were asked to rank their life skills using a Likert scale. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Daily Living Skills, Graduate Students
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