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Peacock, Jessica L.; FitzPatrick, Kathleen; Finn, Kevin E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors determined whether positive perceptions of integrating lecture and lab in Anatomy and Physiology courses persisted from 2015-2018. Students (843) and instructors (56) completed the Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains survey; perceptions were positive and consistent between both groups. Participant narratives identified the…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Wright, Mary C.; Wiley, Sandra; Van Gent, Elona; Huerta, Monica – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Although the number of international experience requirements (IER) for college students is growing, there is limited research on their impact. The authors present a four-year study of the impact on an IER at the University of Michigan's Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, comparing outcomes for required and non-required cohorts. Evaluation…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Students, Art Education, Design
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Trogden, Bridget G.; Royal, Jennifer Ellis – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Foundational undergraduate courses in chemistry and mathematics are gateways to a number of lucrative majors and pre-professional programs. Historically, however, students often struggle with these disciplines and can benefit from alternate approaches to examining their learning strategies. This article describes the use of exam…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Sanders, Andrea L.; Snyder, Stephen J.; Mathews, Sierra-Kailin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Instructors' ability to foster students' disposition to engage in critical thinking (CT) is instrumental for CT growth. University students' (N = 1,352) semester-long gains across specific dispositions were compared when taught by professors who had received zero, one, two, or three semesters of training in CT pedagogy. All groups experienced…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Motivation, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Strassle, Carla G.; Verrecchia, P.J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Much of the research on uncivil behavior in the college/university classroom has focused on individual academic fields of study and been conducted at one, typically public, institution. This study examined perceptions of classroom incivility of faculty members (N = 166) from both public and private two- and four year institutions. The authors…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Student Behavior, Antisocial Behavior
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Snyder, Stephen J.; Edwards, Laura C.; Sanders, Andrea L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
An adaptation of Halpern's (1998) model of critical thinking (CT) was implemented for seven semesters of data collection involving 904 students in 44 classes. A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design was utilized for evaluating student growth in CT. The model comprised the development of higher education students' CT skills and dispositions by…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Higher Education, College Students, Teaching Methods
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Sockman, Beth Rajan; Carducci, Olivia M.; Clossey, Laurene; Batson-Magnuson, LuAnn; White, Gene; Wehmeyer, Adrian; Wells, Holly; Rauch, Grant – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Instructors from five disciplines implemented content-specific service projects and determined students' perceptions of their experience. An action research framework was used to examine the experiences and to analyze data in customizable pre- and post-service-learning surveys. Although the students' experiences differed greatly, results showed…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Universities, Institutional Mission, College Faculty
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Opatrny-Yazell, Christine M.; Houseworth, Matthew A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Understanding student perceptions of the elements that affect positive team experiences helps inform faculty about their use of teams in the classroom. Using Q Methodology (Stephenson, 1935), students evaluated a large set of teamwork elements. The results indicate both areas of student agreement as well as significant differences in perceptions…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teamwork, Q Methodology, Cooperative Learning
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Mattar, Dorine M.; El Khoury, Rim – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This study aims to reveal the factors behind students' personal biases and preferences in the evaluation process in order to assess the value of using students' ratings of professors' teaching effectiveness. A questionnaire was completed by 330 students at Lebanese universities asking them to provide their feedback on 23 traits commonly regarded…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Preferences, Grade Point Average, Questionnaires
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Case, Kim A.; Rios, Desdamona – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Diversity courses in higher education often seek to deepen understanding of the systematic advantages associated with dominant group membership, such as white privilege. Most pedagogical studies of privilege awareness examine the impact of full-length diversity courses on white privilege awareness (Case, 2007; Kernahan & Davis, 2009; Lawrence…
Descriptors: Intervention, Educational Practices, Consciousness Raising, Whites
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Kuhlthau, Kaitlin; Ruscio, John; Luce, Christine; Furey, Matthew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Grades serve many important purposes, and educators agree it is important to assign them accurately and fairly. Interviews with 100 professors across a broad range of academic disciplines at a mid-sized state college revealed little consensus on whether, when, or how to adjust scores when assigning grades. Their responses informed a review of…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Interviews, College Faculty, Scores
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Ulrich, Deborah L.; Brewer, Tracy; Steele-Johnson, Deborah; Juvina, Ion; Peyton, Elizabeth; Hammond, Crystal – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
We examined the effects of team-based learning (TBL) versus traditional and enhanced lecture-based instruction over time (Study 1; N = 532 nursing students) and the psychometric properties of the Team Based Learning Student Assessment Instrument (TBL-SAI), a popular measure of reactions to TBL (Study 2; N = 323 nursing and medical students).…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Lecture Method, Conventional Instruction
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Pelletier, Kathie L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This study extends the empirical findings of the use of continuous, lecture-embedded assessments to increase engagement and enhance learning. Outcome data (exam performance and attendance rates) from college students in three upper-division business course sections who took quizzes and wrote two-minute papers (test group) were compared to outcome…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, Self Efficacy
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Stearns, Donald E.; Houlihan, Adam J.; Corbo, Christopher P.; Mosher, Roy H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Two professors co-taught critical and civic thinking in the same first-semester course for four years. For the first year, they used computerized argument mapping and critical-thinking-for-civic-thinking (CT)[superscript 2] exercises based on open-ended scenarios framed within a civic context. The instructors assessed student skill levels using…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Civics
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Owen, Leanne R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
The author presents self-report data from students in three upper-level undergraduate courses to illustrate the comparative effectiveness of different out-of-class assessment approaches in promoting completion and comprehension of reading assignments. Students reported agreeing or strongly agreeing that all three assignments motivated them to…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Undergraduate Students, Likert Scales, Student Attitudes
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