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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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Cooper, James L.; Robinson, Pamela – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors describe several types of classroom assessment techniques (CATs) and cognitive scaffolding procedures that they have developed over the years. They then bring the procedures together in a sample lecture/group learning class presentation.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Lecture Method
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Hudesman, John; Crosby, Sara; Ziehmke, Niesha; Everson, Howard; Issac, Sharlene; Flugman, Bert; Zimmerman, Barry; Moylan, Adam – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors describe an Enhanced Formative Assessment and Self-Regulated Learning (EFA-SRL) program designed to improve the achievement of community college students enrolled in developmental mathematics courses. Their model includes the use of specially formatted quizzes designed to assess both the students' mathematics and metacognitive skill…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Independent Study, Community Colleges, College Students
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Love, Anne Goodsell; Dietrich, Alexa; Fitzgerald, Jason; Gordon, David – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Wagner College's academic program emphasizes interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, and reflection on theory and practice. The curriculum is enhanced by a rich array of opportunities in New York City. In the course of their undergraduate studies, students enroll in three learning communities, two of which include experiential learning and…
Descriptors: College Students, Cooperative Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Communities of Practice
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Marra, Rose M.; Jonassen, David H.; Palmer, Betsy; Luft, Steve – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method where student learning occurs in the context of solving an authentic problem. PBL was initially developed out of an instructional need to help medical school students learn their basic sciences knowledge in a way that would be more lasting while helping to develop clinical skills…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Constructivism (Learning)
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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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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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Kolb, Kenneth H.; Longest, Kyle C.; Barnett, Jenna C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Fostering students' intellectual curiosity is a common goal of first-year seminar programs--especially in liberal arts settings. The authors propose an alternative method to assess this ambiguous, value-laden concept. Relying on data gathered from pre- and posttest in-depth interviews of 34 students enrolled in first-year seminars, they construct…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Personality Traits, Liberal Arts, Pretests Posttests
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Richards, K. Andrew R.; Velasquez, Juan D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Constructivist approaches to education embrace students' prior learning experiences and preference for learning in social environments. However, many postsecondary classes continue to embrace lecture-styles of teaching. This study sought to understand first-year students' perceptions of the mistakes instructors make in large lecture classes.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Lecture Method, Large Group Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Cho, Jeong-Il; Otani, Koichiro; Kim, B. Joon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
This study compared student evaluations of teaching (SET) for limited-term lecturers (LTLs) and full-time faculty (FTF) using a Likert-scaled survey administered to students (N = 1,410) at the end of university courses. Data were analyzed using a general linear regression model to investigate the influence of multi-dimensional evaluation items on…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Faculty, Regression (Statistics)
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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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Vázquez, Karina – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The combination of theater and community-based service-learning can be a powerful tool to allow university students to meet their educational goals while connecting them with the world. The performance of children's theater in elementary schools with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, for example, has important pedagogical…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Theater Arts, College Students, Elementary School Students
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Ramson, Amy J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
College students will face a workplace transformed even from the one that existed five years ago. Public and private organizations presently require employees to possess highly developed core competencies. This shift in expectations, exacerbated by high unemployment among recent college graduates, has made accountability a hot issue for higher…
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Students, Competency Based Education, Career Readiness
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Terry, John D.; Smith, Bradley H.; McQuillin, Samuel D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is strongly emphasized in many professions and should be taught as part of pre-professional training or to promote the development of enlightened citizens who utilize professional services. Service-learning (SL) classes provide an excellent opportunity to provide meaningful training in how EBP relates to education,…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Evidence, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities
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Saleh, Suha M.; Hamed, Kastro M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Service-learning has been used to integrate an educational experience with community outreach, particularly among underserved populations. In this study, college students enrolled in a health science major were engaged in an educational outreach initiative with a group of students from a high school with a predominantly minority population. The…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Partnerships in Education, Minority Group Students, Health Sciences
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