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Mayo, Joseph A. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Prior research findings point to the efficacy of using autobiographical life-story narration as a learning tool in undergraduate classes. The current study seeks to add to the existing literature on this topic by performing a qualitative analysis across events recorded in students' autobiographical narratives. The purpose of this analysis is to…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Autobiographies, Lifelong Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Akkaraju, Shylaja; Wolf, Alexander – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
A "threshold concept" is a challenging concept that acts as a doorway leading to deeper understanding and a dramatic shift in perception. A learner that is involved in grasping a threshold concept is said to be undergoing a threshold experience within a "liminal space" or learning environment. We used the blog as a liminal…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Science, Introductory Courses
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Everett, Michele C. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
This study explores student learning outcomes from an Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course. The article focuses on students' perceptions of cognitive abilities, skills and attributes developed through participation in an interdisciplinary research and design project. Participants were 50 students enrolled in the course. A pre-post…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Cognitive Ability, Skill Development, Likert Scales
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Babcock, Renée L.; Georgiou, Jean – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
This study used propensity score matching to compare two online courseware systems intended for use as supplements to either face-to-face or online courses. One courseware system focused on adaptive features available to students while completing assignments; whereas the other system was an interactive courseware that provided embedded media…
Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, Courseware, Probability, Scores
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Cogswell, Cynthia A.; Pauls, Scott; Gauthier, Adrienne; DeSilva, Erin – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
It is well documented that the use of active learning strategies increases student learning (Freeman et al., 2014; Prince, 2004; Springer, Stanne, & Donovan, 1999). A key difficulty in innovating college mathematics is identifying and sustaining what works for both students and the faculty. This study discusses efforts to innovate and sustain…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, College Students
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Fisher, Amy K.; Simmons, Chris; Allen, Susan C. – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
This article reports results of a mixed methods exploration of the effects of reflective supervision on cognitive growth in undergraduate students. Students were enrolled in two sections of an introductory skills practice course containing an experiential exercise designed to enhance skill development. One group received supervision; the other did…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Experiential Learning
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Stephens, Geralyn E. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2015
All course activities should be aimed at moving students towards the learning outcomes, including class introductions. This article provides detailed instructions for implementing an online Class Session Introductions (CSI) activity that immediately engages students with their peers, the content and the instructor. The activity may be useful to…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Class Activities, Student Adjustment, Instructional Design
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Stover, Sheri; Heilmann, Sharon G.; Hubbard, Amelia – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2018
This quantitative research study examined one instructor's redesign of her introductory Anthropology course (N = 265) from Teacher-Centered (TC) to Learning-Centered (LC) and the resulting impact on her students' perceptions of Teaching Presence (TP), Social Presence-Interaction (SP-I), Social Presence-Participation (SP-P), Cognitive Presence…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Communities of Practice, Instructional Design, Introductory Courses
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Klemm, William R. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2013
This study used peer-reviewed published research reports to teach a seminar on learning and memory to first-semester college students. Complete reports (not summaries, reviews, or news reports) were re-written by this author to be more "student friendly" to college freshmen. These adapted published research reports (APRRs) retained…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Research Reports, Teaching Methods
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Downey, Christina A. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2013
The present study describes student learning and personal outcomes associated with learning research methods in introductory psychology, via one of two semester-long projects: one involving performing naturalistic observation of the behavior of community members, and the other involving performing a 60-minute interview of local veterans regarding…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Introductory Courses, Psychology
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Crosby, Dorian B. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
When teaching diversity courses that discuss sensitive issues, such as racial, gender, sexuality, religious, and ethnic discrimination, it is possible to encounter student resistance, which can subsequently prevent students from comprehending the content. While teaching an introductory course on African American history in a Black Studies…
Descriptors: Sensitivity Training, Intellectual Disciplines, Higher Education, Resistance (Psychology)
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Dierker, Lisa; Kaparakis, Emmanuel; Rose, Jennifer; Selya, Arielle; Beveridge, David – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
This paper describes a multi-disciplinary, project-based course. The course is aimed at providing greater curricular access to applied statistics for students across both divisional and departmental boundaries and includes lecture and laboratory components as well as intensive individualized instructor and peer support. Learning materials and…
Descriptors: Statistics, Introductory Courses, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Melander, Lisa A.; Wortmann, Susan L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2011
Instructors of large, general education lecture courses face a number of student engagement and learning challenges. In this article, we develop and assess an interactive lecture that introduces a theoretical perspective and three related concepts to two introductory sociology general education classrooms (n = 433). This interactive lecture…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Popular Culture, Introductory Courses, Lecture Method
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Chyung, Seung Youn; Moll, Amy J.; Berg, Shelley A. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2010
Research on academic self-regulation suggests that students who are successful in academic settings tend to possess and use effective self-regulative learning characteristics such as intrinsic goal orientation and self-efficacy. Social-cognitive theories also emphasize that learning occurs through interactions between learners and the learning…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Self Efficacy, Electronic Learning, Engineering Education
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Steuter, Erin; Doyle, Judith – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2010
The first year course in Sociology at Mount Allison University introduced students to social issues via dynamic class interactions and assignments that are designed to build conceptual and applied skills. Developments to the course organization have maximized the opportunities for discovery learning and have made the class an enjoyable teaching…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Foreign Countries
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