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ERIC Number: EJ1105645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
An Exploration of Student Experiences with Learner-Centered Instructional Strategies
Stefaniak, Jill E.; Tracey, Monica W.
Contemporary Educational Technology, v6 n2 p95-112 2015
In this exploratory study, we examined how undergraduate students experience learning in a learner-centered teaching environment and their perceptions of motivation towards learning material in an introductory public speaking communications course. Six faculty members participated in a semester-long study where their teaching strategies were observed. Three faculty members participated in a cognitive apprenticeship where they were taught how to implement learner-centered instructional strategies into their coursework. Participants were 109 students who were enrolled in an introductory public speaking course. Data was collected by means of classroom observations, interviews, and the administration of a survey. Our findings indicated that students who were engaged in learner-centered activities within the communications course demonstrate higher levels of motivation towards the course and are more actively engaged in their learning.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Experience, Student Centered Learning, Learning Motivation, Introductory Courses, Public Speaking, Educational Strategies, Apprenticeships, Participant Observation, Semi Structured Interviews, Surveys, Student Surveys, Learner Engagement, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Significance, Ethnography, Readiness, Learning Activities
Contemporary Educational Technology. Faculty of Communication Sciences, Anadolu University, Yunus Emre Campus, Eskisehir 26470, Turkey. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cedtech.net
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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