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Montgomery, Kathleen; Deery, Cathleen; Brown, Susan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
In a foundations-of-education course based on experiential learning, 120 college students formed partnerships with elementary school children and, using letters and interviews, asked them about teaching and learning. It was found that the students clarified their educational philosophies, enhanced communication skills, and overcame preconceptions…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Bias, College Instruction, Communication Skills
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Waksler, Rachelle – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
Presents nine teaching strategies to increase correspondence between visual and auditory modes of presentation. The techniques, focusing on presentation syntax, instructor placement/movement, and methods of eliciting students' input, were originally designed for students with hearing and visual impairments, but have proven to promote clarity for…
Descriptors: Auditory Stimuli, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style
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Robertson, Douglas L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Few college teachers understand the process learners go through during periods of insight, large or small. Many treat this transition from one paradigm of knowledge to another as purely cognitive when, in fact, it is also highly emotional. A model of the transition is presented and a reflective guide is offered to help teachers facilitate this…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Concept Formation
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Ransbury, Molly K.; Harris, Sandra A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
The collaborative effort of a professor of human development with expertise in group process and a general education professor with expertise in Greek mythology and culture uses a case study format to apply theoretical models of group dynamics to the travel and learning experience of study abroad. Implications for course design and group process…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Instruction, Course Descriptions
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Krochalk, Pamela C.; Hope, Ellen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
A framework for conducting discipline-related research through professor-student collaboration, developed at California State University, Dominguez Hills, is outlined and its application in one classroom project is described. Results of a survey of 225 undergraduate and graduate students in the clinical sciences, health sciences, and teacher…
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, College Faculty
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Torres, Evelyn M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
An approach to developing college students' critical thinking skills, designed for freshman composition students but adaptable for other disciplines, is outlined. Components include: establishing bounds of analysis; using bibliography to foster scholarship; capitalizing on emotional response; learning the genre to be analyzed by writing in it;…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, College Instruction, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking
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Stodder, Joseph H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
A performance-oriented approach to teaching William Shakespeare's literature has been found to be effective and enthusiastically received by college students. Ten years of teaching Shakespeare through full play production has shown that the rewards, eloquently expressed in the testimony of students, more than compensate for extra work required of…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Dramatics, Educational Strategies, English Literature
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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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Randall, Lynda E.; And Others – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Two studies, one quantitative and another qualitative, of learning style preferences of physical education majors are reviewed. The quantitative study investigated variation in relation to gender, age, and ethnicity and how preferences compared to those found in other disciplines. The qualitative study identified common themes in student…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, 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
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Bernauer, James A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Describes a teaching method based on the need to identify important learning outcomes and integrate them throughout all stages of the teaching-learning cycle. Stages include pretesting, classroom instruction, outcomes, and long-term impacts. A fundamental principle is that students know what outcomes are expected and that teachers and students…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Strategies