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ERIC Number: EJ1055580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Teaching for the Millennial Generation: Student and Teacher Perceptions of Community Building and Individual Pedagogical Techniques
Kraus, Sue; Sears, Sharon
Journal of Effective Teaching, v8 n2 p32-39 2008
As a new generation of learners enters higher education classrooms, effective teaching strategies must adapt to match their learning styles. This research explored student and teacher perceptions of effectiveness of teaching methods, with particular comparison between techniques emphasizing community versus individual learning. Fifteen psychology teachers and 120 undergraduate students rated how interesting and effective they found 17 pedagogical techniques ranging from lecture to simulation gaming. Results suggested that students perceived techniques that connected them to the classroom community, such as discussion and sharing stories from teachers' and students' lives, as more effective than did teachers. Teachers gave higher effectiveness ratings to techniques emphasizing individual learning, such as papers and quizzes. Findings suggest that teachers may want to spend more time on activities that build connections between students and linking academic material to students' lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Kansas
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