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Barrett-Fox, Rebecca – Thought & Action, 2016
This article examines how scripts that circulate among culturally and theologically conservative Christian students, whether they are categorized as "born again," "Religious Right," "Christian Right," "nondenominational," "evangelical," or "fundamental," aim to prime students for the…
Descriptors: Christianity, Beliefs, Political Attitudes, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Occhipinti, Laurie – Thought & Action, 2016
Does assessment change what is being taught? Laurie Occhipinti uses an analogy to answer this question. While conducting research on economic development in a remote rural area of the Argentine Chaco, a community had received some public funds to construct a new community center. They discussed where to place the center. The middle of the village…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Objectives
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Hernandez, Paul; Loebickin, Karla – Thought & Action, 2015
Ice-breaking discussions around race and personal perspectives can be challenging in any classroom, they also are crucial to cultivating racial consciousness among those espousing that they know better. This provides the groundwork needed to implement--in a non-threatening manner--the creative, alternative methods that will combine students'…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Race, Racial Relations, Lesson Plans
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Hanson, Chad – Thought & Action, 2012
Why can't colleges act more like businesses? For the past century, legislators, boards of trustees, and private sector leaders have been befuddled by academic traditions. The scions of law-making and industry have scratched their heads and wondered why institutions of higher learning do not respond to the same prompts and incentives that work well…
Descriptors: Corporations, Private Sector, Student Financial Aid, Nonprofit Organizations
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Fawns-Justeson, Rebecca – Thought & Action, 2012
There are many views about what types of actions can or cannot be defined as mentoring. The author opines that educators often make it much more complicated than it needs to be. At its core, mentoring is the act of listening, of asking good questions, and of probing others to more clearly articulate their ideas. Mentoring also involves challenging…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Mentors, Educational Opportunities, Coaching (Performance)
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Neem, Johann N. – Thought & Action, 2012
Western Governors University was conceptualized in 1995 at a meeting of the Western Governors Association, and founded soon after in an effort to increase degree production in higher education at a lower cost. It has expanded significantly over the past few years, driven both by increased demand for online education and by drastic state budget…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Competence, Certification
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Greene, Jenny; Knapp, Jill – Thought & Action, 2012
The Princeton Teaching Initiative at Princeton University is an all-volunteer group formed to teach for-credit college courses in the New Jersey state prison system. The courses are coordinated with the Mercer County Community College (MCCC), which accredits the courses and maintains the students' transcripts. Volunteer professors, postdoctoral…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Correctional Education, Correctional Rehabilitation, Outreach Programs
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Bowker, Matthew H. – Thought & Action, 2010
Philosophers, cognitive scientists, anthropologists, and psychologists have argued convincingly that the act of questioning is central to thinking, to storing and communicating knowledge, even to several important types of social interaction. But while scholars of higher education have written extensively on the topic of questioning for more than…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods
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Sheldon, Lisa A. – Thought & Action, 2010
Motivational interviewing, which began as a counseling technique in addiction recovery, is a client-centered tool for making changes, increasing helpful behaviors and decreasing unhelpful behaviors. It relies on an individual's intrinsic motivation and interest in change, using a non-confrontational approach to frame goals in a practical,…
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Self Efficacy, Motivation, Interviews
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Yamada, Teri – Thought & Action, 2010
California's public higher education system has for a long time been lauded as one of the finest in the world. But for the last several decades, budget cuts and privatization have resulted in the steady erosion of this system, as well as K-12 education in the state and other public sector services. It was told that privatization and choice--in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Privatization, Workshops, School Restructuring
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Armstrong, Mary A. – Thought & Action, 2009
There is nothing more baffling than the art of teaching. Day in and day out, teachers move through classrooms and courses, lectures and discussion groups. What have students seen teachers do that has made a difference for them? What pedagogical behaviors, values, and attributes earn teachers praise from the population they work so hard to serve?…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Hanson, Chad – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article, the author explains how the work of a growing number of educators is changing as a result of initiatives designed to manage the practice of college teaching. Specifically, the author presents the case of the Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS) to demonstrate how the work of college teachers is undergoing a deskilling…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, Instructional Design, Lesson Plans
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Stanoyevitch, Alexander – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article concerning grade inflation, the author restricts his attention to the college and university level, although many of the tools and ideas developed here should be useful for high schools as well. The author considers the relationships between grades instructors assign and scores they receive on end-of-the semester student…
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Scores, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Sommers-Flanagan, Rita; Christian, Donald P. – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the authors describe an interdisciplinary doctoral course via a seminar (one semester, one-and-a-half hours weekly), that students found to be a major awakening and an important part of their professional development. Addressed were separate disciplines, via an experimental "How to be a Professor" course, and…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Doctoral Programs, Professional Development, Experimental Programs
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Buckman, Ken – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author discusses the new role assessment is playing in the higher education (HE) arena. Highlighted are the feelings of higher education faculty who observe the lack of preparation of students entering HE, and the fact that in introductory courses they are often teaching the skills--writing, critical thinking, basic…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Higher Education, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
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