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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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Edwards, Sandra; Bowman, Mary Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
A study in a graduate-level occupational therapy class found that questions asked by teachers and the instructional format in which they were asked influenced the frequency and level of student questioning. Subjects were 5 undergraduate and 15 graduate students. It was concluded that improved classroom questioning strategies may contribute to…
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction
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Brooking, Dolo – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Ways in which violating traditional expectations about teaching helps change, shape, and focus student ability to extract meaning from works of art are discussed. Alternative teaching modes include use of inquiry methods rather than lectures, in-class reading of the artwork as text instead of assigned readings about the artwork, and group…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Classroom Communication