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Smith, Tamarah; Smith, Samantha – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The Research Methods Skills Assessment (RMSA) was created to measure psychology majors' statistics knowledge and skills. The American Psychological Association's Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major in Psychology (APA, 2007, 2013) served as a framework for development. Results from a Rasch analysis with data from n = 330 undergraduates showed…
Descriptors: Psychology, Statistics, Undergraduate Students, Item Response Theory
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Pisarik, Christopher; Whelchel, Taylor – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This study examined academic relevance from the perspective of college students. A qualitative focus group method was used to explore how students perceived the applicability and usefulness of their academic courses and coursework. Two focus groups of college students (N = 22) with varied class rank and academic majors were conducted. Data…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Class Rank
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Aliakbari, Mohammad; Hajizadeh, Anna – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
There seems to be a diversity of opinions regarding the construct-relevant definition of impoliteness. Currently, it has been defined with reference to its occurrence in specific contexts. Universities are among those places where incivility is growing rapidly. Both students' and instructors' impolite behavior have been seen as a serious problem…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Antisocial Behavior, College Students
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Shim, Jenna Min – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
In this study, the author, a teacher educator of color, explores her inability to successfully navigate a tension-filled moment in a teacher education diversity course while discussing ethnic and racial stereotypes. More specifically, using "inquiry as stance" and relocating personal pedagogical practice to social and critical practices…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Ethnography, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination
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Smith, Erika E.; Kanuka, Heather – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This research provides an analysis of disciplines and disciplinary differences regarding the pedagogical value and content of post-graduate teaching certificates in higher education. Findings and recommendations are based upon a survey (N = 450) of department heads and doctoral students at Canadian research-focused universities. Participants were…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Higher Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Methods
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Shi, Hong – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This study examined English Learners' (ELs) self-efficacy beliefs in a U.S. university setting by using a survey, interviews, and focus group discussions. The results identified that ELs from different disciplines had positive self-efficacy beliefs about their overall English learning, and self efficacy was related to ELs' age, years of English…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, English Language Learners, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Henry, Beverley; Garner, Catherine; Guernon, Ann – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Learning activities to develop interprofessional collaboration align with goals for professional preparation to improve health outcomes. A problem-based case study approach can offer formal and informal learning interactions that promote information exchange and collaborative practice. The purpose of this instructional article was to describe a…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Learning Activities, Cooperation, Informal Education
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Mandeville, David; Perks, Lisa; Benes, Sarah; Poloskey, Leah – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to develop a concise composite measure of mindset and intellectual development in order to inform pedagogical strategies to support students' intellectual growth. A development sample of undergraduate students (n = 295) completed the 37-item pilot Mindset and Intellectual Development Scale (MINDS). The dataset was…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Undergraduate Students, Intellectual Development, Student Attitudes
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Hanson, Paul; Savitz, Fred; Savitz, Ryan; Rauscher, Marisa – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This study examines the extent to which adjunct professors (a) perceived that they have applied six effective teaching principles (Ramsden, 2003), and (b) perceived that they have been educationally prepared to implement such principles. A purposeful sampling of adjunct professors was conducted. Relationships between whether or not the respondents…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness
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Copeland, Susan; Furlong, Michelle; Boroson, Bram – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Since the advent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, first in K-12 and now in college curricula, many variants of STEM have arisen to include other disciplines in developing cross-disciplinary literacy among students. This paper briefly defines our own variant STE[A]M branch within the context of cross-disciplinary…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Fiction
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Millward, Pam; Rubie-Davies, Christine; Wardman, Janna – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This article reports on the final phase of a three-phase project and investigates the characteristics of high-achieving students at a university. It also reports student evaluations of a low-cost program aimed at supporting them, assesses their levels of satisfaction, and evaluates the applicability of the program across three institutions in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, High Achievement, Student Characteristics
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Forbes, Karen – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The development of critical thinking skills forms an important part of many higher education courses and has become increasingly visible in syllabi and assessment criteria. Yet, in spite of this, students often struggle to understand what it is and to demonstrate it in their work. This paper aims to explore how students understand the term…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Culhane, Jennifer; Niewolny, Kim; Clark, Susan; Misyak, Sarah – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) called for more interdisciplinary and community-engaged approaches to teaching and learning in the agricultural and life sciences to better respond to the food system challenges of the 21st century. As a result, institutions from across the nation have responded with a number of experiential learning…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Agricultural Education, Biological Sciences
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Lightner, Robin; Benander, Ruth – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Recommendations about syllabi design have emerged over the last two decades. From a Promising Syllabus, to a Graphic Syllabus, to a Student-Centered Syllabus, faculty are encouraged to purposefully set the tone with this document. Few studies examine students' impressions of these documents. In order to do this, we created four types of syllabi…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Karagiannopoulou, Evangelia; Milienos, Fotios – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This study examines the structure of the inventory, the second part of the Experiences of Teaching and Learning Questionnaire (ETLQ). Three hundred and sixty-four students participated in the study. To strengthen the validation of the ETL, the short version of Approaches to Learning included in the ETLQ was substituted by its widely-used,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Learning, Measures (Individuals), Undergraduate Students
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