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Sanders, Andrea L.; Snyder, Stephen J.; Mathews, Sierra-Kailin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Instructors' ability to foster students' disposition to engage in critical thinking (CT) is instrumental for CT growth. University students' (N = 1,352) semester-long gains across specific dispositions were compared when taught by professors who had received zero, one, two, or three semesters of training in CT pedagogy. All groups experienced…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Motivation, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Snyder, Stephen J.; Edwards, Laura C.; Sanders, Andrea L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
An adaptation of Halpern's (1998) model of critical thinking (CT) was implemented for seven semesters of data collection involving 904 students in 44 classes. A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design was utilized for evaluating student growth in CT. The model comprised the development of higher education students' CT skills and dispositions by…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Higher Education, College Students, Teaching Methods
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Wray, Amanda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This article introduces critical dialogue exercises, a pedagogical practice that links contemplation, rhetorical listening, and writing with directed storytelling in an effort to raise student consciousness about potentially oppressive histories embedded in our everyday language practices and to encourage social justice oriented discursive action.…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Dialogs (Language), Story Telling, Reflection
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Terosky, Aimee LaPointe – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This qualitative study examines how 50 professors employed at open access, broad access, or regionally based institutions view their students and the ways in which these views influence their teaching practices. Analysis found that participants fell into one of two categories: (a) those following a nuanced understanding of the prestige model,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, College Students
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Stearns, Donald E.; Houlihan, Adam J.; Corbo, Christopher P.; Mosher, Roy H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Two professors co-taught critical and civic thinking in the same first-semester course for four years. For the first year, they used computerized argument mapping and critical-thinking-for-civic-thinking (CT)[superscript 2] exercises based on open-ended scenarios framed within a civic context. The instructors assessed student skill levels using…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Civics
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Rodriguez, Fernando; Ng, Annalyn; Shah, Priti – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors examined college students' ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence, specifically, whether first- and second-year students noticed when poor interpretations were drawn from research evidence. Fifty students evaluated a set of eight psychological studies, first in an informal context, then again in a critical-thinking context.…
Descriptors: College Students, Evidence, Criticism, Critical Thinking
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Cocchiarale, Michael – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Flash writing--short narratives of less than 2000 words--is extremely popular these days. This essay describes a multi-genre course designed to introduce undergraduate students to a genre they will undoubtedly find appealing. Although the primary focus of the course is on creative writing, a great deal of emphasis is placed on literary analysis.…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Literary Genres, Fiction, Writing (Composition)
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Deys, Kellie L.; Deys, James L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
For most millennials, information has always been a couple of quick taps away. Sites have seemingly always existed to provide them with "the answer." Instructors must recognize that not only are they teaching material from their disciplines, but also they are trying to teach the skill and value of critical inquiry. Adopting a Freirean…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Brainstorming, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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Dorfeld, Natalie M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
In today's instant gratification era, it is easy to assume that when faced with the option of reading a chunky literary text or skimming through the condensed electronic version, students will take the path of least resistance. Today's e-guides are quick, painless, and free. The question, then, becomes this: Knowing these e-resources are readily…
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Teaching Methods, Educational Resources, Electronic Publishing
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Carr, Jamie M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Getting students to read actively for a required introductory course in literature poses several challenges, to say nothing of trying to make required reading personally meaningful. This essay outlines assignments that encourage students to make literature meaningful by establishing personal connections to texts in ways that can also impact…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Literature, Assignments, Introductory Courses
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Kim, Young K.; Armstrong, Cameron L.; Edwards, Sarah R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined whether and how the effects of student-faculty interaction on a range of student outcomes--such as college GPA, critical thinking and communication skills, academic satisfaction, and cultural appreciation and social awareness--vary by students' academic disciplines. The study utilized data on 37,977 undergraduate students who…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Grade Point Average, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Michaelsen, Larry K.; Davidson, Neil; Major, Claire Howell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors address three questions: (1) What are the foundational practices of team-based learning (TBL)? (2) What are the fundamental principles underlying TBL's foundational practices? and (3) In what ways are TBL's foundational practices similar to and/or different from the practices employed by problem-based learning (PBL) and…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Educational Principles, College Instruction
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Savin-Baden, Maggi – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The author argues that there is still too much teaching to the test, and the consequence is growing "constellations" of problem-based learning (PBL), some of which are useful, and some of which are not. Today, what passes for PBL practice often seems more like guidelines than any kind of reasoned pedagogy. While at one level the range of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Knowledge Level
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Roberson, Bill; Franchini, Billie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Group and team tasks are the culminating outputs of student learning in team and collaborative learning environments. How they are conceived and designed, therefore, can directly determine the success of the pedagogical strategy. A key design issue for creating effective tasks is how best to focus student knowledge, observation, and analysis…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, College Students, College Faculty
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Wismath, Shelly; Orr, Doug; Good, Brandon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Twenty-first century teaching and learning focus on the fundamental skills of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, and collaboration and communication. Metacognition is a crucial aspect of both problem solving and critical thinking, but it is often difficult to get students to engage in authentic metacognitive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Reflection
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