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Wolf, Alexander; Akkaraju, Shylaja – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2014
Despite the centrality of evolution to the study of biology, the pedagogical methods employed to teach the subject are often instructor-centered and rarely embedded in every topic throughout the curriculum. In addition, students' prior beliefs about evolution are often dismissed rather than incorporated into the classroom. In this article we…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Tessier, Jack T. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
Active participation in classrooms often involves group work. In order to examine the effect of using peer evaluations as part of that experience, this study measured the influence of four formats of peer evaluation on students' perceptions of fairness of the peer evaluation method, its impact on peer engagement, and peer evaluation scores. The…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Learner Engagement, Group Activities, Student Projects
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Jones, Jennifer L.; St. Hilaire, Robert – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
In a domain historically dominated by student passivity, instruction that entices students to integrate and assimilate new content into their pre-existing cognitive schema is a new but necessary shift from the traditional teaching paradigm. No longer is college teaching primarily focused on quantity of information, but rather the quality of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Religion, Undergraduate Students, Concept Formation
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Iannarelli, Barbara A.; Bardsley, Mary Ellen; Foote, Chandra J. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2010
Faculty teaching courses at the higher education level employ a wide variety of strategies on the first day of class. Little research has been conducted on the efficacy of these practices. This study examines the first-day practices of instructors of higher education classes who have been recognized as outstanding practitioners by their respective…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Phenomenology, Teaching Experience, Educational Practices
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Roundtree, Aimee Kendall – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2010
This article discusses and evaluates the inclusion of ethics learning modules in a graduate- level visual design theory course. Modules were designed as a part of an NEH grant. Students grappled with case studies that probed the ethics of visuals at the crux of the BP oil refinery accident, NASA space shuttle disasters, the Enron collapse, and…
Descriptors: Success, Failure, Ethics, Visual Learning
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Jones, Karrie A.; Jones, Jennifer L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2008
Cooperative learning is viable yet generally underutilized method of instruction at the college level (Paulsen and Faust, 2008). This paper highlights the work of teacher educator Dr. Paul J. Vermette in his implementation of cooperative learning based practices in a graduate level Multicultural education course. In analyzing the "Five…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, College Environment, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Pimpare, Stephen; Fast, Jonathan – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2008
This article describes two case studies: one is from a graduate course in social work practice evaluation taught by the second author; the other is from an undergraduate political science course in media and politics taught by the first author. These cases describe the way blogs, created by students and the professors, facilitate communications…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Graduate Students, Graduate Study
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Ryesky, Kenneth H. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2007
The complexities of the Internet and other electronic data technologies have greatly heightened the information literacy needs of students in all subjects. Law courses are common components of many undergraduate programs and other settings external to a law degree program. The field of law has many information literacy aspects which are…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Law Related Education