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Anderson, Bill; Rymer, Rachel; Versaskas, Jennifer; Bueter, Abigail; Masood, Mahalia – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2022
The jigsaw technique has been successfully used in classrooms for decades, though less in higher education. Groups are formed with each student having a precise piece of information necessary to complete the assignment. Next, expert groups of students with the same material meet to sharpen their understanding before reforming their initial group…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Student Responsibility
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Dandotkar, Srikanth; Cruz, Laura E.; Stowell, Jeffrey R.; Britt, M. Anne – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2022
Epistemic beliefs are one's assumptions about knowledge and knowing. Given the research in educational psychology that established epistemic beliefs as reliable predictors of student success, we devised a pedagogical intervention to improve students' epistemic beliefs. In this study, we examined the effectiveness of the reflective writing task as…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Beliefs, Undergraduate Students, Reflection
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Dorland, AnneMarie – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2022
Design thinking is a critical and creative process understood to support innovation and creative idea generation in a wide variety of contexts. Increasingly, it is being used as a pedagogical approach by educators interested in supporting divergent thinking skill development. This study evaluated the effects of the use of design thinking practices…
Descriptors: Design, Questioning Techniques, Undergraduate Students, Cognitive Processes
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Hollander, Pam; Dawson, Duke; Haller, Charlotte; Briesacher, Erika; Collins, Caroline; Rearick, Kristina; Lemieux, Elise – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2022
Professors and students have contradictory views of course reading. Professors believe that reading outside of the classroom is essential in optimizing learning. However, students often find the readings to be time-consuming, not necessary to pass the class, and an option rather than a requirement. We surveyed 449 undergraduate university students…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Reading Assignments
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Lai, Alice – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2021
Project-based learning (PBL) is considered an engaging and promising pedagogy across diverse disciplines and student populations in the United States in the digital age. Research on PBL in online environments and in the field of art has, however, been limited. Thus, the purpose of the current study was to examine the theoretical grounds of PBL and…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Electronic Learning, Art Education
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Miller, Christine; Cruz, Laura; Kelley, Jacob – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2021
Can creativity be taught? Multiple sources attest that the business community values creativity in potential new hires, but a signature pedagogy of teaching for creativity in business classes has not yet emerged. To contribute to a body of evidence-based practice, this study assessed the impact of several in-class activities that were deployed…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Class Activities, Undergraduate Students
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Murphy, Laurie; Eduljee, Nina B.; Croteau, Karen – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2021
This empirical study examined preferences between teacher-centered and student-centered teaching methods and academic major with 507 undergraduate college students. Surveys were administered to the students that assessed their level of agreement with teaching methods utilized in the classroom. The results indicate that across all academic majors,…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Preferences, Undergraduate Students
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Kosal, Erica F. – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2021
The following study examined the effect of mindful practices on college student attitudes and learning comprehension using two sections of an introductory biology course taught by the same instructor. One section used lecture complemented with active learning formats while the other section additionally included mindful practices. Comparisons were…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Educational Practices, Diaries, Introductory Courses
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Roncolato, Leanne; Koh, Cairynne – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Existing research points to the critical connection between student engagement and deep learning. This paper explores body engagement as one type of student centered learning. While other disciplines are making progress in developing body-engaging pedagogical methods as a complement to traditional lectures, the use of such innovations in…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Centered Learning, Learner Engagement
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Sethi, Vijay; Sethi, Vikram; Jeyaraj, Anand; Duffy, Kevin; Farmer, Berkwood – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Recognizing the importance of context-based learning and the general lack of technology applications in the design and development of the ideal and formal curricula, this paper describes an experimental system at a large public university. The authors describe the creation of a contextual environment for introducing concepts related to information…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Information Security, Business Administration Education
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Trnka, Susanna – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Ethnography is becoming an increasingly popular research methodology used across a number of disciplines. Typically, teaching students how to write an ethnography, much less how to undertake "fieldwork" (or the ethnographic research upon which ethnographies are based), is reserved for senior- or MA-level research methods courses. This…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Research Methodology
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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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Vengadasalam, Sarbani Sen – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2020
This paper describes the principles of transformative pedagogy that lead to the development of distinct student voices in academic writing classes. Whether the course is taught at the undergraduate level through research, expository, and argumentative writing assignments or at the graduate level through literature review essays, research articles,…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Writing Instruction, Writing Across the Curriculum, Academic Language
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Cruz, Laura; Meadows, Jennifer; Panter, Nikki – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2020
As Biology students prepare to complete their undergraduate degrees and continue into either a career or to another degree, the scientific skills learned in the classroom are not enough to secure their professional path. In this study, the soft skills such as the ability to work in a team and to communicate effectively were emphasized within the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Biology, Majors (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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