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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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Darling, Ruth – Journal of General Education, 2015
In this essay, I explore the idea that "academic" advisers are "academics" who play a major role in connecting the general education curriculum to the students' experience as well as connecting the faculty to the students' holistic experience of the curriculum. The National Academic Advising Association Concept of Academic…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Faculty, Teacher Role, General Education
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Brogt, Erik; Draeger, John D. – Journal of General Education, 2015
We discuss a model of academic rigor and apply this to a general education introductory astronomy course. We argue that even without central tenets of professional astronomy-the use of mathematics--the course can still be considered academically rigorous when expectations, goals, assessments, and curriculum are properly aligned.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Nonmajors, Academic Standards, Difficulty Level
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Rowe, Stephen – Journal of General Education, 2015
This essay is on liberal education as a medium for the cultivation of the expanded understanding of "adulthood" so urgently required in order to address the problems we face in the global era. It argues that one element of cultivation is the reappropriation of the traditional resources oriented to this task that were so enthusiastically…
Descriptors: Confucianism, Western Civilization, Transformative Learning, Accountability
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Meacham, Jack – Journal of General Education, 2015
The religion of Islam is often portrayed with false and negative stereotypes. If we expect our students to understand and participate in the global world and to be informed and engaged citizens in a democratic America, then it is essential that they develop a basic and sound understanding of Islam. Furthermore, learning about Islam can facilitate…
Descriptors: Islam, Religious Cultural Groups, Religion, General Education
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Biscotte, Stephen – Journal of General Education, 2015
Students should have aesthetic experiences to be fully engaged in science learning at any level. A general education science instructor can foster opportunities for aesthetic educative learning experiences enabling student growth. Drawing on the work of John Dewey and expanding on others in the field, Uhrmacher identifies the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Learning Experience, Sensory Experience, General Education
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Zai, Robert, III. – Journal of General Education, 2015
From the colonial colleges to the present-day flagship universities, the undergraduate general education curriculum has dramatically shifted from a single, faculty-prescribed, general program to a diverse array of elective, student-choice-driven, specialized programs of general studies. This transformation has also encouraged, if not established,…
Descriptors: General Education, Undergraduate Study, Educational Change, Educational Theories
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