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Behrens, Susan J.; Fern├índez, Eva M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors, both linguists and directors of Centers for Teaching and Learning, address how many pedagogical issues can be more effectively addressed by a language-aware faculty. Effective teaching benefits from an explicit understanding of the workings of linguistic systems, that is, the ability to use language to talk about language. They…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Metalinguistics, Academic Language, Language Variation
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Alverson, Ryan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The author assesses the evolution of classroom community through an examination of three subsequent semesters of a large undergraduate education course at a regional, comprehensive university. The evolution and modification of course format and assignments across three semesters are treated as interventions to foster interactions among students…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Undergraduate Students
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Stenhouse, Vera L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This study examined how one set of instructors' stated classroom teaching philosophies did or did not manifest during their first day of class. Data included classroom observations, interviews, and content analysis of syllabi. Findings suggest that instructors employed "learner-attentive" rather than "learner-centered"…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Centered Learning
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Barthold, Christine Hoffner – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Over the past two decades, postsecondary classrooms have been shifting from passive to active learning methods. This shift has been supported by behavior analysis, which has a rich history of strategies that promote active student responding and engagement. One behavior analytic strategy is interteaching, whereby students discuss questions based…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Active Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Lecture Method
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Walls, Jill K.; Eby, Kelly E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This study sought to better understand students' experiences with instructor feedback on writing assignments. Undergraduate students (n = 162) completed an online survey about the frequency, type, and nature of feedback they received from instructors, their feedback preferences, their satisfaction with feedback, and their use of feedback. Findings…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Preferences, Feedback (Response), Writing Assignments
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Reynolds, Katherine; Ludlow, Larry – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Student perceptions of instructor availability outside of class are examined both as a predictor of instructor quality and as an outcome of student, instructor, and course characteristics. Data represent a 30-year case study record of course evaluations and instructor professional and personal variables. Student perceptions of instructor…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Course Evaluation
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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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Brobeck, David; Taylor, Carl – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
One of the most important processes in which professors can engage is to explore different techniques to improve the learning environment. Zull (2002, 2011) has stated that people adopt new learning by "idea testing." Was the test beneficial? The authors, who were interested in testing ideas to improve the teaching and learning process,…
Descriptors: Personality Assessment, Personality Studies, Personality Theories, Teaching Methods
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Harkins Monaco, Elizabeth A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Introductory college courses are designed to comprehensively introduce divergent disciplines (Zipp, 2012) and can prepare students to understand the risks for multiple minoritized identities in their fields of study (Shriberg, 2016). This approach is effective, however, only if faculty are appropriately equipped to use intersectional pedagogy.…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Higher Education, College Faculty, Social Discrimination
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Abusalim, Anoud – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Reflection is a familiar term in higher education that is often recommended as a means of improving teaching. Employing a qualitative interview approach, the author examines some of the characteristics of the reflective practices of four excellent instructors teaching in a U.S.-modeled university. The instructors' accounts draw on John Dewey's…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Quality
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Grant, Derisa – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
When faced with unexpected and charged conversations about race, class, gender, and other social identities, faculty often seek a list a strategies for what to say or do. Yet numerous, sometimes contradictory, strategies for navigating these discussions already exist. This article explores the issue of how might faculty and/or the faculty…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Teaching Methods, Intention, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
Ruder, Suzanne; Brown, Patrick J. P.; Stanford, Courtney – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is an active-learning pedagogy that emphasizes content mastery as well as the development of process skills like critical thinking and problem solving. Although published POGIL materials are available in several STEM disciplines, there are still a number of courses within a variety of disciplines…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Learning Activities, Critical Thinking
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Abreu, Joshua; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Kortz, Kirsten – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study involved five English instructors at a Hispanic-serving community college who participated in professional development workshops on culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP). Three themes emerged from analysis of the survey and interview data: (1) Integration of disciplinary identity contributes to instructors'' satisfaction with the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Hispanic American Students
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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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Gore, Jonathan; Sweet, Charlie; Blythe, Hal; Carpenter, Russell; Tichenor, Damon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine differences in student perceptions of instructor and course characteristics for courses that students deemed to be high in learning versus high in enjoyment. Realizing that students differ from faculty in how they view the traits of a highly effective instructor, the authors created a survey of student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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