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Berk, Ronald A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
A three-year study evaluated the effectiveness of 10 systematic strategies for using humor as a teaching tool. Student ratings at the end of three undergraduate and five graduate statistics courses assessed the extent to which each strategy reduced anxiety, improved the ability to learn, and made it possible to perform one's best on problems and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Anxiety, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment
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Abbott, Judith – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
One college history teacher finds lively and constructive classroom discussion in a survey course is primarily a result of the teacher's attitudes toward and assumptions about students. The teacher must create a safe atmosphere in which students can speak, and be direct and respectful with students, which clears the classroom of anxiety and…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction
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Bean, Martha S.; And Others – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Discussion of the culturally diverse college student population focuses on how teacher understanding of that diversity (in which the students are experts), and on how it can inform the classroom culture can help defuse tensions and become a source for teaching. Dynamics of the culturally and linguistically diverse classroom are outlined and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques