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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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Fried, Stephen – Thought & Action, 2016
A new teacher at a workshop shares that she had a difficult time getting students to write about 9/11. This teacher said that some students refused, while others became angry about being asked. Stephen Fried is an adjunct lecturer in English at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. In this article, Fried describes how…
Descriptors: College English, Student Participation, Teaching Experience, Student Attitudes
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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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Phan, Phu; Vugia, Holly; Jones, Terry – Thought & Action, 2015
For the most part, students entering social work programs want to serve poor and oppressed populations. They see themselves as well-meaning and politically liberal, and view racism, sexism, and heterosexism as intolerable. They are highly offended by assertions that they may suffer from these "isms." However, to ready social work…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, College Students, Social Attitudes, Consciousness Raising
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Brown, Katherine E. – Thought & Action, 2015
When discussing the role of higher education as it applies to students, responses often devolve into two opposing camps: one for people who advocate for and defend the role of liberal arts education as basic to the preservation of democracy and freedom, and the other for people who care about the connection between what students learn in…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Liberal Arts, Readiness, Career Development
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Fink, Dale Borman – Thought & Action, 2014
The author began working with preschool-aged children long before becoming a professor, and nearly every element of the author's approach to teaching in higher education is rooted in early childhood theory and practice. In addition to provocations, he seeks to activate the "whole student," promote peer supports, and incorporate…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Theories, Performance Based Assessment
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Goedde, Brian – Thought & Action, 2014
When you think of global, online education, the first thing that may jump to mind these days are MOOCs, the "massive open online classes" that are widely publicized (and criticized). The author states that his classes were not these, but rather, closer to what are now being called SPOCs--small private online classes. Enrollment is…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Distance Education, English Language Learners
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Harris, Jill S. – Thought & Action, 2012
In this article, the author discusses how a professor can harness the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and use GIS to teach in the social sciences. She shows examples of how GIS can illustrate concepts during lecture or discussion, and provides two specific GIS assignments: one for undergraduate students and the other for graduate…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Content Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
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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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Lucas-Clark, Joyce – Thought & Action, 2010
When she began teaching college geology and paleontology, the author anticipated some resistance from those who believed in a 6000 year-old earth, from creationists and those who advocate intelligent design, or possibly from students who simply wished to be consistent with the family religion and still take a course involving evolution and the Big…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy
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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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Dierking, Kirsten – Thought & Action, 2010
In this article, the author shares how she designs fun and fascinating western humanities courses at a community college in Minnesota. Using the example provided by many excellent past instructors, and through numerous late-night research sessions, she began to develop techniques and exercises that would help her achieve her goals in the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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