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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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Ballantine, Jeanne H.; Jolly-Ballantine, John-Andrew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Good mentoring of graduate students influences their perseverance and success to completion, whereas bad mentoring can result in negative outcomes, including delayed degree completion or non-completion. What the authors refer to as the gray zone is that which falls between good and bad mentoring. Examples are partial mentoring or changes in…
Descriptors: Mentors, Graduate Students, Instructional Improvement, Teaching Methods
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Shea, Mary Ann; Knoedler, Andrew S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
The staff in a teaching excellence program at the University of Colorado at Boulder analyzed research on new faculty needs and designed a program to support newly-hired, tenure-track faculty in improving their teaching. The approach used in the program, responses of participating faculty, and areas for future analysis are described. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational Needs
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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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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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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
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Richlin, Laurie; Manning, Brenda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Describes seven principles for developing a workable system for evaluation of college teaching, and provides both process and decision matrixes for groups interested in building such a system for their own evaluation. Argues that the system must be safe, explicit, manageable, formative, and satisfy environmental demands for accountability and…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, College Instruction, Decision Making
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Richlin, Laurie; Cox, Milton D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
This article briefly reviews assessment trends in higher, secondary, and elementary education and argues that approaches to evaluating learning evolve slowly with experience and commitment to change. It also notes that qualities that lead individuals into education may militate against their being interested in--or able to--grade others. (JB)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Educational Trends
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Clark, Mary E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
The average university curriculum is based on a mistaken form of rationality. Universities have failed to critically examine the rational world view, including its fundamental assumptions and their consequences. Negative social effects of the rational assumptions in biology and economics suggest the need for a better definition of rationality and…
Descriptors: Biology, College Curriculum, College Instruction, College Role
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Milton, Ohmer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
This article examines undergraduate course tests, letter symbol grades, and grade point averages within the context of three dominant undergraduate models of instruction: (1) information dispensing; (2) training of scholars; and (3) personnel selection agency for society. Argues for critical examination of these forces and models to prevent the…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Educational Testing
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McClymer, John F.; Knoles, Lucia Z. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
Argues that examinations and assignments shape the way students learn, read, write, and think, and that authentic testing is the most powerful step toward improved student learning. Assignments must pose real questions addressed by practitioners in the discipline in question, must make scholarly sense, and must challenge students to perform rather…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Assignments, College Instruction, College Students
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Hammons, James O.; Barnsley, Janice R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
This article provides information on designing a college course grading plan. It reviews the history of grades; describes and discusses common approaches to grading; examines the purposes of grades, problems with current practices, and situational factors to consider in selecting an approach; and proposes eight principles to observe in developing…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational History, Educational Quality
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Poplin, Mary S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
This article addresses issues of multicultural education and feminist pedagogy in the context of knowledge and its transmission, self-understanding, cultural and individual beliefs, and transformation of the teacher and the college curriculum. (DB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational Quality
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Simcock, Bradford L.; Lokon, Elizabeth J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
This article argues that obstacles to cross-cultural awareness are rooted in Americans' reductionist understanding of culture and structural obstacles within the university. It describes materials and methods used in a cross-cultural teaching approach that highlights the limitations of this view of culture and generates self-reflection by…
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Instruction, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness
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