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ERIC Number: EJ899305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
To Get-to-Know-You or Not to Get-to-Know-You: A Two Phase Study of Initial Engagement Activities
Sawyer, J. Kanan; Braz, Mary E.; Babcock, Jennifer L.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v21 n2 p187-196 2009
In the pedagogy of classroom engagement, most instructors have become vastly familiar with first day of class Get-to-Know-You exercises. While entertaining, the empirical value of these exercises is not well established. The present analysis provides a data driven study of the utility of initial engagement activities, including a generalized Get-to-Know-You exercise as well as, specifically, the on-going "Photo Roster" activity by evaluating cross sectional data. An analysis of Time One and Time Two data from 140 students builds upon previous investigations while correcting for methodological issues of past studies. We establish that students' use of the Photo Roster Get-to-Know-You procedure results in higher levels of classmate liking, instructor liking, and classmate name recall as compared with students in the traditional Get-to-Know-You exercise group at its initial time or over time. No difference was found between groups for elements of anxiety reduction, student empowerment, or group immediacy. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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