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Davidson, Skylar – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2017
There is little research on teaching futurology, which is surprising, given that instructors with a future-oriented perspective can encourage students to express constructive hope about controversial problems (e.g., climate change) rather than denying problems (Ojala, 2015). This study evaluates what learning outcomes can be accomplished through…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), College Environment, Outcomes of Education, Class Activities
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Smith, Margaret; Chen, Yujie; Berndtson, Rachel; Burson, Kristen M.; Griffin, Whitney – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2017
Office hours reserve time and space for student-faculty interaction, a benchmark for engaging students in educationally purposive activities. Our study finds a mismatch between the institutionally intended purpose of office hours and student perceptions of office hours. We examine student perceptions of office hours with results from a survey…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Academic Advising, Working Hours, Student Attitudes
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Olliges, Ralph – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2017
This article examines Active Engagement, Active Communication, and Peer Engagement learning practices among various student groups. It examines which tools are most important for increasing student satisfaction with web-based and web-enhanced instruction. Second, it looks at how different tools lead to greater satisfaction among different types of…
Descriptors: Student Satisfaction, Web Based Instruction, Cognitive Style, Measures (Individuals)
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Minei, Elizabeth M. – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2016
This paper focuses on the parameters of a semester-long project called the "Do Good" project, geared towards developing small group communication skills in undergraduate students. This project highlights participation in a social engagement project that allows students to bridge concepts learned in small group communication lectures…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Small Group Instruction, Communication Skills, Teamwork
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Allan, Elizabeth G. – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2016
This article identifies the strategies used by architecture professors and their undergraduate students to mitigate common issues that students raise about group work. Based on participant-observation, interviews with students and faculty, and analysis of instructional materials and student work, this IRB-approved ethnographic case study…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Small Group Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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Hunzicker, Jana – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2016
This article shares a first-hand account of an action research project conducted in a college-level early adolescent development course to better understand written and verbal reflection as learning tools, improve the author's teaching effectiveness, and foster reflective habits in pre-service teachers. The article includes a brief overview of…
Descriptors: Action Research, Narration, Teaching Methods, Early Adolescents
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Witkowski, Paula; Cornell, Thomas – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2015
This article reports on a one-year research project that used peer coaching and collaboration between two reading professors to study the effects of collaborative classroom activities on student engagement. In order to address professors' concerns about student participation, two undergraduate reading-methods classes were revised through the…
Descriptors: Investigations, Higher Education, Peer Teaching, Coaching (Performance)
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Lumpkin, Angela; Achen, Rebecca M.; Dodd, Regan K. – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2015
Students today expect the use of technology in their classes, rather than have to listen to less-than-engaging lectures. College students are connected electronically and incessant technology consumers. As a result, they may prefer the infusion of technologies to help them learn and enjoy the process of learning, rather than having to listen…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Instructional Innovation, Educational Strategies, Investigations
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Arshavskaya, Ekaterina – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2015
This article makes a case for using creative writing in a second language course. Creative writing increases students' enthusiasm for writing skills development and supports students' creativity, which is a fundamental aspect of education. In order to engage less motivated students, a series of creative writing assignments was implemented in a…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Motivation Techniques
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Kerkman, Dennis D.; Johnson, Andrew T. – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2014
This article examines a technique for engaging critical thinking on multiple-choice exams. University students were encouraged to "challenge" the validity of any exam question they believed to be unfair (e.g., more than one equally correct answer, ambiguous wording, etc.). The number of valid challenges a student wrote was a better…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Critical Thinking, Undergraduate Students, Predictor Variables
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Kiener, Michael; Green, Peter; Ahuna, Kelly – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2014
A goal of higher education is to advance learning. This study examined the role "comfortability" plays in that process. Defined as the level of comfort students experience with their classmates, instructor, and course material, comfortability addresses how secure a student feels in the classroom. Comfortability was assessed multiple…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Undergraduate Students, Predictor Variables, Learning Processes
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Martin, Kelli – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2013
This article recounts one undergraduate writing tutor's experience helping a fellow peer navigate an institutional assessment rubric that seemed to contrast the assessment criteria provided by the student's instructor. This article presents a reflection on that experience, framed by Hutchings, Huber, and Ciccone's (2011) work on…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Writing Evaluation, Undergraduate Students, Tutors
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Sa, Leonardo; Hsin, Wen-Jung – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2010
Recursion is a concept that can be used to describe the phenomena and natural occurrences in many different fields. As many applications utilize computer software to model recursion, recursion is a particularly important concept in the computing discipline. However, it is a difficult concept for many undergraduate students to master. A Recursion…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Undergraduate Students, Programming, Mathematics
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Searight, H. Russell; Ratwik, Susan; Smith, Todd – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2010
Many undergraduate programs require students to complete an independent research project in their major field prior to graduation. These projects are typically described as opportunities for integration of coursework and a direct application of the methods of inquiry specific to a particular discipline. Evaluations of curricular projects have…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Adult Development, Student Attitudes, Research Projects
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Zucchero, Renee A. – InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2008
The Co-mentoring Project matched developmental psychology students with older adult volunteers for an intergenerational learning experience. Students conducted a biopsychosocial life review to increase understanding of older adult development and the continuity in lifespan development. Each student developed a summary paper containing the older…
Descriptors: Adult Development, Mentors, Older Adults, Biographies