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Slayter, Erik; Higgins, Lindsey M. – College Teaching, 2018
The development of a student's ability to make data-driven decisions has become a focus in higher education (Schield 1999; Stephenson and Caravello 2007). Data literacy, the ability to understand and use data to effectively inform decisions, is a fundamental component of information competence (Mandinach and Gummer 2013; Stephenson and Caravello,…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Decision Making
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Cahalan, James M. – College Teaching, 2013
Videorecording analysis can help improve the teaching of college literature and other subjects. Here, I concentrate on specific analytical strategies that I have been teaching my graduate students since 1994, and I cite my students (including their graphical charts) to illustrate what important lessons they have learned through careful study of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Video Technology
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Reber, Jeffrey – College Teaching, 2011
Teachers are encouraged to critically evaluate their philosophy of teaching and to help students recognize and examine their implicit ideas about education as well. This critical evaluation entails examining assumptions about teaching and learning, investigating the implications that follow from those assumptions, and considering alternative ideas…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Objectives, Criticism
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Schwieger, Florian; Gros, Emmeline; Barberan, Laura – College Teaching, 2010
University education in the United States has become an increasingly global environment. In the classrooms of a modern university students and teachers from literally all corners of the world come together and reshape the face of higher education. Without a doubt the multicultural classroom of the 21st century necessitates fresh pedagogical…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Cross Cultural Studies, Ethnic Diversity
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Caccavo, Frank, Jr. – College Teaching, 2009
The author discusses the importance of incorporating research into undergraduate curricula. Pedagogical approaches include faculty-directed research projects, off-campus internships, and research-oriented courses (R-courses). Examples of R-courses are reviewed, and an introductory microbiology course that teaches first year students "how to do…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Undergraduate Students, Scientists, Higher Education
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Gosetti-Murrayjohn, Angela; Schneider, Federico – College Teaching, 2009
This article provides a reflection on a team-teaching experience in which performative dialogues between co-instructors and among students provided a pedagogical framework within which comparative analysis of textual traditions within the classical tradition could be optimized. Performative dialogues thus provided a model for and enactment of…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Team Teaching, Literary Devices, Higher Education
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Grossman, Robert – College Teaching, 2009
The goal of this article is to describe a continuum of levels of reflection. It briefly focuses on Deanna Kuhn's research into the development of scientific thinking and Robert Kegan's Object-Subject Theory of Development applied to the problems of inspiring students to be able to reflect. Assignments for improving students' ability to reflect are…
Descriptors: Reflection, College Faculty, Higher Education, Cognitive Development
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Gose, Michael – College Teaching, 2009
The author studied the pedagogy of Socrates looking for teaching techniques that help maintain students' interest in an ongoing discussion. Socrates' use of such strategies as asking probing questions, expanding the discussion into its relationship to other ideas, assuming the role of the devil's advocate, and spending time on group maintenance…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study
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Gaudry-Hudson, Christine; Yalda, Sepideh – College Teaching, 2008
An important component of student-centered learning is students' ability to connect to their own experiences and to build on their initial perspectives. In this collaborative project, two courses, one in foreign language and one in meteorology, use online postings and threaded discussions to guide the student in a self-study of progress, learning,…
Descriptors: Meteorology, Student Attitudes, Second Language Instruction, Student Centered Curriculum
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Place, Nancy; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Thomas, Elizabeth – College Teaching, 2008
In this interdisciplinary analysis, the authors examine the use of visual images in the college classroom. They share examples and critical reflections that illuminate the strengths and challenges in using this medium to enhance the social context for learning. The use of visual images to develop classroom community and connect learning outcomes…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Social Environment, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Long, Kenneth – College Teaching, 2008
In the fall 2005 semester, the author designed a course in the history of America's modern wars hoping to encourage students to criticize and oppose the country's current aggressions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Surveys of student attitude change suggest that the course did promote criticism but did far less to facilitate student activism. The author…
Descriptors: Modern History, Student Attitudes, Activism, Attitude Change
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Palmer, David L.; Standerfer, Christina – College Teaching, 2004
Scholars recently have called for a more civic-based approach to education. In this article, we report on the use of a civic participation exercise in a large public speaking class. The assignment guides students to employ concepts from the course to organize a community event designed to productively affect a specific civic cause. Gaining…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Service Learning, Citizen Participation, Student Participation