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Snider, Daren – Journal of General Education, 2017
The ability to think critically is considered an important component of a college education, and postsecondary institutions typically include critical thinking in student learning outcomes, particularly in the general education curriculum. Foreign language has traditionally been a staple discipline in general education. However, college foreign…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, College Second Language Programs, Cultural Education, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Rohrbacher, Chad – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article's purpose is to make humanities professors' assumptions and beliefs about assessment more visible. It is important to understand how humanities professors view the assessment of general education, especially since those conceptions affect how they approach teaching and learning, and how they react to calls for assessment in their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Humanities Instruction, Educational Assessment
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Blankenberger, Bob; McChesney, Kay Young; Schnebly, Stephen Michael; Moranski, Karen R.; Dell, Heather – Journal of General Education, 2017
In this article we discuss a model for assessing general education student learning outcomes related to reducing racial bias in postsecondary students. As many postsecondary institutions do, our institution attempts to address racial bias through our general education curriculum, but it is difficult to assess improvement in this area. We used the…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Racial Bias, General Education, Program Evaluation
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Klonoski, Ed; Barker, Gregory; Edghill-Walden, Vernese – Journal of General Education, 2017
Unequal academic outcomes in postsecondary education persist for students from underserved populations (students of color, low socioeconomic status, first-generation), despite increased access to higher education in the last half century. General education classes present prime opportunities to address academic inequity. They typically have larger…
Descriptors: General Education, Equal Education, Inclusion, Public Colleges
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Huang, Futao – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article begins with a review of relevant literature and a brief introduction to dependency theory and center-periphery theory, and then it will outline major changes in general education in the United States. In the third part, the article analyzes how U.S. general education has been transferred to Japan, China, and Hong Kong; its impact on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, General Education, Cultural Differences, Higher Education
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Clark, Irene – Journal of General Education, 2016
The article explores several perspectives on the interconnection between genre and identity, an issue that has generated significant scholarship in rhetorical genre studies. It suggests that current work in neuroplasticity--that is, changes in the brain that can occur through learning and experience--complicates and problematizes the issue and is…
Descriptors: Neuropsychology, Ecological Factors, Personality, Personality Theories
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Littlefield, Robert S.; Rick, Jessica M.; Currie-Mueller, Jenna L. – Journal of General Education, 2016
This study explored the intersection between service learning and general education outcomes through the self-reported perceptions of 382 college students participating in an intercultural communication course that satisfied the general education requirement at a midsized Upper Plains research university for studying cultural diversity. The data…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Service Learning, General Education, Outcomes of Education
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Emanuel, Richard – Journal of General Education, 2016
Written communication and oral communication are inextricably linked as essential life skills and as desirable educational outcomes. However, there is a clear disconnect between what Alabama colleges expect of their graduates and what they are providing them in terms of oral communication education. The steps taken to develop the general studies…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Educational Discrimination, Curriculum Development, College Programs
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Alexander, Ross; Blakefield, Mary; Frank, Katherine; Pomper, Markus – Journal of General Education, 2016
This study highlights the efforts of Indiana University East to make substantive changes to its general education program, resulting primarily from state mandates and legislation, on an extremely aggressive timeline. While fraught with challenges, these legislative mandates also presented opportunities for the institution to make necessary and…
Descriptors: General Education, State Regulation, State Legislation, Educational Improvement
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Pittendrigh, Adele; Borkowski, John; Swinford, Steven; Plumb, Carolyn – Journal of General Education, 2016
This study explores the effects of an academic seminar on the persistence of first-year college students, including effects on students most at risk of dropping out. A secondary interest was demonstrating the utility of using classification and regression tree analysis to identify relevant predictors of student persistence. The results of the…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Academic Persistence, At Risk Students, Classification
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Stieha, Vicki; Shadle, Susan E.; Paterson, Sharon – Journal of General Education, 2016
Evidence-based instructional practices (ebips) have been associated with positive student outcomes; however, institutions struggle to catalyze widespread adoption of these practices in general education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (stem) courses. Further, linking ebips with integrated learning assessment is rarely discussed…
Descriptors: STEM Education, General Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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Haynal, Kaitlyn – Journal of General Education, 2016
This article examines the common communication practices of deliberation, discussion, delivery, and debate, for their democratizing potential through their greater inclusion in all general education classrooms. It argues that these tools are underutilized outside of communication classrooms but offer numerous benefits to teachers and students…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), General Education, Discussion, Debate
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Oswald, W. Wyatt; Ritchie, Aarika; Murray, Amy Vashlishan; Honea, Jon – Journal of General Education, 2016
Many arts-focused colleges and universities in the United States offer their undergraduate students coursework in science. To better understand the delivery of science education at this type of institution, this article surveys the science programs of forty-one arts-oriented schools. The findings suggest that most science programs are located in…
Descriptors: Science Education, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Study
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Coker, Jeffrey Scott; Porter, Desiree Jasmine – Journal of General Education, 2016
Understanding student motivations for participating in high-impact educational practices is important for improving learning experiences. This article explores student motivations across and within five forms of experiential learning at Elon University: study abroad, research, internships, service-learning, and leadership experiences. Surveys and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Experiential Learning, College Students, Study Abroad
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Tunstall, Samuel Luke; Matz, Rebecca L.; Craig, Jeffrey C. – Journal of General Education, 2016
In this article, we examine how students in a general education quantitative literacy course reason with public issues when unprompted to use quantitative reasoning. Michigan State University, like many institutions, not only has a quantitative literacy requirement for all undergraduates but also offers two courses specifically for meeting the…
Descriptors: General Education, Numeracy, Logical Thinking, Undergraduate Students
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