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Johannessen, Larry R. – 2000
This paper proceeds through an interdisciplinary unit of inquiry-based instruction, using the Vietnam War combat novel or memoir as a coming of age narrative, the classic thematic structure of the "bildungsroman." The paper discusses several key inquiry activities and asks readers to focus on two other key inquiry activities to help illustrate how…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Fiction, Higher Education
Zolten, Jerry – 1997
An instructor's idea of using required e-mail as a communication link with students in the basic public speaking course sprang from his work with Gerald M. Philips in the pioneering reticence program he developed at Penn State University in the 1970s and 1980s. The instructor's focus in teaching a basic communication course has always been more on…
Descriptors: Communication Apprehension, Course Descriptions, Electronic Mail, Higher Education
Winter, Janet K.; And Others – 1992
This paper provides some activities that can be used to acquaint business students with the cultural differences that might be encountered in international business situations. Activities described involve: (1) exposing students to cultural differences through the use of foreign art and literature; (2) requiring students to prepare a cultural…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness
Hanson, Trudy L. – 1995
An instructor, who teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in storytelling, incorporates discussions of gender issues throughout the semester in various ways. In one course, class discussions are used to raise issues of the origin of Grimm's fairy tales and of story variants. Students are also encouraged to choose gender issues in…
Descriptors: College Students, Fairy Tales, Gender Issues, Higher Education
Touzel, Timothy J. – 1993
The overall assessment of teacher education students by means of testing may not be the best indicator of competence in a professional field. Assessors must possess both valid and reliable ways of discerning which students have the necessary skills to be effective in the classroom. Portfolio analysis is one way to get better, more valid data about…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems
Forrest, Barbara – 1993
Students must be informed about what is going on in the United States and the world. They must be able to understand, analyze, and evaluate what they hear and read. Newspaper and magazine editorials are excellent sources of argument and information for class study. Genuine understanding of written material requires thinking during reading.…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Current Events
Kruckeberg, Dean – 1993
A chronic problem in public relations education is the fragmentation of coursework, particularly as this fragmentation impacts on the application of communication theory. Public relations textbooks presentation of theory is often fragmented and segregated in to "theoretical" chapters and "applied" chapters with little integration between the two.…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, College Seniors, Communication (Thought Transfer)
Katchen, Johanna E. – 1991
A technique for teaching English to English majors in a Taiwan university involves students' oral production of descriptive stories to accompany a piece of classical or folk music. The project provides practice in preparing a report in English, practice in speaking before a group, sensitivity toward and ability to talk about aural stimuli, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Folk Culture
Seaver, William L.; Belli, Gabriella M. – 1989
This paper discusses the problems and general solutions of statistics teaching by summarizing some strategies that have been effective with part-time students in off-campus settings. Included are discussions on: (1) applications of computer skills and student projects; (2) teaching statistical thinking using various modes of presentations and…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Graduate Students, Graduate Study
Borchardt, Donald A. – 1982
An introductory problem for a theatre history course presents the process of group decision making and problem solving in theatre studies, encourages students to compare values when collecting information and making decisions, and illustrates the variety of dramatic forms, production styles, and economic concerns of contemporary theatre. Entitled…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communication Skills, Cultural Activities, Decision Making
Snodgrass, Sara E. – 1984
Practical ways in which writing was used in a college level introductory social psychology course are described. Rather than being used almost exclusively as a tool for evaluation, the process of writing was also used as a tool for problem solving and for producing creative and analytical thinking. Writing was integrated into the course in three…
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Course Descriptions, Creative Thinking, Higher Education
Geist, Patricia – 1984
The bargaining simulation unit is a useful educational tool in the introductory organizational communication course. It provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts such as communication, authority, and decision making already taught in the course, and teaches responsibility in analyzing, enacting, and discussing the bargaining case.…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Collective Bargaining, Course Descriptions, Employer Employee Relationship
Futhey, Carol; Mazey, Mary Ellen – 1982
Described are two approaches for using newspapers to teach local, regional, or state geography courses to college students. In the first approach, the instructor developed a manual to supplement an introductory geography course which examined spatial patterns of various phenomena as they are found in the Cincinnati (Ohio) metropolitan area. He…
Descriptors: Community Study, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Geographic Regions
Caldwell, David – 1985
In addition to using films in the German classroom to introduce students to German culture and history, it is important to show and study the film as film. This procedure emphasizes the importance of the film as a part of creative arts in Germany and demands student participation in observation and discussion. Many German silent films are…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Education, Difficulty Level, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
Frayer, Bill – 1985
The practical nature of technical writing is one of several concepts illustrated by the feasibility report assignment used in a technical writing course at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute. As much as possible, the class is set up to simulate a work environment, including handouts printed as memos on letterhead paper. Students are…
Descriptors: Course Content, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Student Research
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