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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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Hyland, N.; Kranzow, J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
This mixed-method study focuses on the impact of using electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) in a graduate capstone course as a tool for increasing students' critical thinking and self-directed learning. The primary results indicate that the e-portfolio, as both a tool and a process, shows great potential. This study also reveals the capacity of…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing, Graduate Study, Education Courses
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Wilkinson, I. A. G.; Doepker, G. M.; Morbitt, D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
This study documents the effects of service-learning as it was introduced and brought to scale in an introductory undergraduate course in Reading Foundations for students seeking to become early and middle childhood education teachers. Participants included multiple cohorts of students in multiple instantiations of the course taught with and…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Introductory Courses, Education Courses, Preservice Teachers
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Stiler, Gary – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
The author describes how the Understanding by Design (backwards planning) lesson plan format was used by his preservice K-12 students to develop service-learning lesson plans. Preservice teachers in a multicultural education course were given an assignment to develop service-learning lesson plans using the Understanding by Design planning process.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Education Courses, Multicultural Education, Lesson Plans