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ERIC Number: EJ1136523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Academic Skill Development - Inquiry Seminars Can Make a Difference: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Study
Justice, Christopher; Rice, James; Warry, Wayne
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v3 n1 Article 9 Jan 2009
This paper examines whether a single first-year inquiry-based seminar can have a lasting impact on students' academic skills. Fifty-four Inquiry students and 71 comparable students participated in three performance tests: a research skills exercise; an evaluation of oral presentation ability; and a test of critical reasoning and teamwork skills. In addition, participants completed a questionnaire focusing on learning approaches and experiences. The study demonstrates the feasibility of measuring long-term effects of relatively small educational interventions. Findings indicate that although universities may not be developing the skills they assume, a single first-year inquiry seminar can have far reaching effects on academic skill development and these skills are typically lasting.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
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