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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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Kimmel, Krista M.; Fairchild, Jennifer L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Part-time faculty now account for more than half of all faculty in American colleges and universities. Existing scholarship primarily has focused on the teaching effectiveness of part-time faculty. In this exploratory study, the authors employ a qualitative approach to examine the perspectives of part-time faculty members at a public, regional…
Descriptors: Part Time Faculty, Teacher Effectiveness, Nontenured Faculty, College Faculty
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Turner, Windi D.; Solis, Oscar J. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
With increasing class sizes of diverse students, instructional options for those who teach large classes in higher education are limited. While whole-class instruction is an integral part of many classrooms and often the instructional practice of choice, this teacher-centered strategy is less effective in promoting a greater level of growth and…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Class Size, College Instruction, College Faculty
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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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Solis, Oscar J.; Turner, Windi D. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
Although large classes in and of themselves are pragmatic for universities, they can be challenging for both students and instructors. The purpose of this study was to investigate pedagogical strategies that instructors teaching large classes can utilize to create positive student-instructor interactions to counter these challenges. Both…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Large Group Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Qualitative Research
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McGuire, Beverley Foulks – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
This paper considers how instructors of asynchronous online courses in the Humanities might integrate intangibles associated with face-to-face instruction into their online environments. It presents a case study of asynchronous online instruction in a philosophy and religion department at a midsize public university in the southeastern United…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Electronic Learning, Interaction, Computer Mediated Communication
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Grant, Natalie S.; Bolin, Brien L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
Digital storytelling is explored as a method of engaging students in the development of media literacy and cultural competency. This paper describes the perceptions and experiences of 96 undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university, after completing a digital storytelling project in a semester-long diversity course. Digital storytelling…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Learner Engagement, Media Literacy, Undergraduate Students
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Bender, Sara; Hill, Karlie – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
Qualitative research aims to understand both individual meaning as well as complex systemic interactions as they apply to social problems or individual experiences. This method of research is both inductive and flexible, allowing for a holistic approach that facilitates a rich understanding of the content examined. Past research identifies a…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Dahiya, Sunita; Dahiya, Rajiv – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2015
Theory and practicals are two essential components of pharmacy course curriculum; but in addition to appearing and passing examination with good score grades, pharmacy post graduation (PG) pursuing students are essentially required to develop some professional skills which might not be attained solely by conventional class room programs. This…
Descriptors: Pharmacy, Graduate Students, Seminars, Clubs
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Bryant, Lauren H.; Niewolny, Kim; Clark, Susan; Watson, C. Edward – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2014
This study focused on the socially-constructed meanings, implications, and institutional factors that influence the extent to which faculty members engage in collaborative teaching at a research university. Drawing upon theoretical foundations of interdisciplinarity and collaborative teaching and in-depth findings from faculty focus groups, we…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Research Universities, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching
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Balassiano, Katia; Rosentrater, Kurt A.; Marcketti, Sara B. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2014
Academic departments regularly offer dual-listed courses in which one course has two course numbers, yet are taught in the same place, at the same time, by a single instructor, and in one department to undergraduate and graduate students. While universities discourage their use by subjecting such courses to more rigorous approval processes,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, College Programs, College Credits, Statistical Analysis
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Thomas, Kevin M.; Willis, Dottie – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2013
This paper analyzes the use of instructional podcasts with students in introductory computer application classes at a small, independent, private university. Participants were all undergraduates in the school of education. In an effort to model effective use of instructional technology for preservice teachers and to "meet digital native…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Audio Equipment, Information Dissemination, Teaching Methods
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Kohut, Gary F.; Yon, Maria G. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2013
The global work environment requires graduates to have skills to work collaboratively over distance and time. This pilot study presents the findings of a survey of student perceptions concerning a global virtual team (GVT) experience that used both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration. Our findings revealed that while students experienced…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Distance Education, Electronic Learning
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Cempellin, Leda – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
This article focuses on the structure, challenges, and outcomes of a service-learning project experimented by an art historian in an innovative special topics course Museum Experience, cross-listed with an Honors art appreciation course. The discussion includes: creating a new course content planned according to a multidisciplinary perspective…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Arts Centers, Museums, Honors Curriculum
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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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