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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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Gonzalez, Joseph J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Hoping to increase student engagement, the author decided to re-envision his course on contemporary global issues in a "flipped" format. The results proved encouraging--to a degree. Over the course of five semesters, applying lessons gleaned from the literature, students learned how to read challenging texts outside of class and…
Descriptors: Homework, Reading Assignments, Interviews, Teaching Methods
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Webb, Nathan G. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are a pervasive presence in undergraduate education. Although GTAs are expected to successfully communicate course content to undergraduate students, they often are inexperienced and receive little training in pedagogy. Therefore, GTAs must learn effective communication behaviors in the classroom. This study…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Student Attitudes, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Kuhlthau, Kaitlin; Ruscio, John; Luce, Christine; Furey, Matthew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Grades serve many important purposes, and educators agree it is important to assign them accurately and fairly. Interviews with 100 professors across a broad range of academic disciplines at a mid-sized state college revealed little consensus on whether, when, or how to adjust scores when assigning grades. Their responses informed a review of…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Interviews, College Faculty, Scores
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Schwartz, Harriet L.; Holloway, Elizabeth L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Assessment is a critical activity in the life of a professor. The authors' interest in professors' internal experiences of assessment led them to conduct a grounded theory study in which they interviewed 16 faculty teaching in social science and pre-professional programs, asking them to reflect on assessing master's thesis and capstone projects.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Evaluation, Grounded Theory, College Faculty
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Pearce, Lee R.; Pearce, Kristi L.; Siewert, Daluss J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
The authors used a mixed-methods research design to evaluate a multi-tiered system of supports model to address the disturbing failure rates of underprepared college students placed in developmental mathematics at a small state university. While qualitative data gathered from using Participatory Action Research methods directed the two-year…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Mathematics Instruction, College Readiness, College Students
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Douglas, Jennifer; Powell, Darcey N.; Rouamba, Nathalie H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) play a crucial role in North American colleges. At a mid-Atlantic, land grant institution, GTAs instruct 34,000 undergraduates per semester. Given this scope, GTAs exert a powerful influence on undergraduate learning, yet little is known about their teaching beliefs in relation to their classroom practices. This…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Sokal, Laura; Desjardins, Nicole – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Eight Canadian postsecondary students who had been diagnosed with anxiety disorders were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the supports and barriers they experienced at university. Qualitative analysis revealed four themes related to student needs: self-determination; shame, guilt, and judgment; control; and trust. Students provided…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Darby, Alexa; Knight-McKenna, Mary – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Success in academic service-learning (AS-L) comes in large measure from the work of faculty dedicated to this pedagogy. The purpose of this study was to examine how faculty who have taught nine or more sections of AS-L courses sustain their motivation despite the pedagogy's inherent challenges. Individual interviews were conducted with 10 faculty…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, College Faculty, Private Colleges, Service Learning
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Quaye, Stephen John; Johnson, Matthew R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Intergroup dialogues are co-facilitated, face-to-face dialogues between two groups that have a history of conflict (for example, White people and people of color). Although researchers have explored the outcomes of these dialogues among students, little is known about the role of facilitators. Drawing from a case study of an intergroup dialogue…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Interpersonal Relationship, Discussion Groups, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Yoo, Julia H.; Schallert, Diane L.; Svinicki, Marilla D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined the meaning of flexibility in teaching at the postsecondary level and its connection to teaching effectiveness. A total of 500 college students and 15 instructors participated. Data were gathered using an online survey with open-ended questions for the students and one-on-one interviews with instructors. Analysis followed a…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Russell, Alicia – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Russell Tufts University This study examines the potential of designing and teaching online courses to prompt university faculty members to reflect on the essence of good teaching, and as a result reconsider their beliefs concerning effective pedagogy. A phenomenological investigation was conducted based on interviews with six long-time university…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Ballantine, Jeanne H.; Jolly-Ballantine, John-Andrew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Good mentoring of graduate students influences their perseverance and success to completion, whereas bad mentoring can result in negative outcomes, including delayed degree completion or non-completion. What the authors refer to as the gray zone is that which falls between good and bad mentoring. Examples are partial mentoring or changes in…
Descriptors: Mentors, Graduate Students, Instructional Improvement, Teaching Methods
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Kagan, Spencer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Frequent student processing of lecture content (1) clears working memory, (2) increases long-term memory storage, (3) produces retrograde memory enhancement, (4) creates episodic memories, (5) increases alertness, and (6) activates many brain structures. These outcomes increase comprehension of and memory for content. Many professors now…
Descriptors: College Instruction, College Faculty, College Students, Lecture Method
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Bhullar, Naureen; Rose, Karen C.; Utell, Janine M.; Healey, Kathryn N. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors assessed the impact of peer review on student writing in four sections of an undergraduate Developmental Psychology course. They hypothesized that peer review would result in better writing in the peer review group compared to the group with no peer review. Writing was rated independently by two instructors who were blind to the…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Student Writing Models, Writing (Composition), Undergraduate Students
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