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Brown, Shelley S.; Cruz, Laura; Geist, Melissa; Panter, Nikki; Pelton, Ted; Weathers, Lenly – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors present the individual and collective results of a university-wide initiative to institutionalize a hybrid pedagogical approach--Creative Inquiry--across multiple academic disciplines. The program is intended to systematically combine inquiry-guided learning and creative thinking in order to further enhance the depth and breadth of…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Active Learning, Inquiry, Creative Thinking
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Sockman, Beth Rajan; Carducci, Olivia M.; Clossey, Laurene; Batson-Magnuson, LuAnn; White, Gene; Wehmeyer, Adrian; Wells, Holly; Rauch, Grant – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Instructors from five disciplines implemented content-specific service projects and determined students' perceptions of their experience. An action research framework was used to examine the experiences and to analyze data in customizable pre- and post-service-learning surveys. Although the students' experiences differed greatly, results showed…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Universities, Institutional Mission, College Faculty
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Darby, Alexa; Knight-McKenna, Mary – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Success in academic service-learning (AS-L) comes in large measure from the work of faculty dedicated to this pedagogy. The purpose of this study was to examine how faculty who have taught nine or more sections of AS-L courses sustain their motivation despite the pedagogy's inherent challenges. Individual interviews were conducted with 10 faculty…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, College Faculty, Private Colleges, Service Learning
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Wickline, Virginia B.; Neu, Tricia; Dodge, Chad P.; Shriver, Edwin R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Previous research suggests that high quality contact between people from different groups is a relatively consistent way of decreasing stereotypes and prejudices. The authors determined that a very short-term, service-learning project with people with developmental disabilities (DD) could reduce college students' fear of this population. In…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Interpersonal Relationship, Service Learning, Developmental Disabilities
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Hayford, Barbara; Blomstrom, Sally; Mumpower, Lori – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The purpose of the authors' research was to create a tool to evaluate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy in service-learning projects. The researchers posited that components of service-learning, which in this case included the deliverable and reflections, are examples of fundamental STEM literacy and thus can be…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Literacy, Service Learning, Student Evaluation
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Gilbert, Jacqueline A.; Raffo, Deana M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors explore service-learning as a pedagogy to promote bullying prevention within schools. Specifically, they explain the preparatory experiences necessary for students in an undergraduate Experiential Learning Principles of Management course to interface with high school freshmen and the reciprocal impact that students at both levels had…
Descriptors: Bullying, Experiential Learning, Prevention, Service Learning
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Rice, Julie Steinkopf; Horn, Terri – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Service-learning has been shown to be an effective technique for teaching diversity; however, the literature is scant concerning theoretically informed approaches. This study fills that void by drawing upon the work of Freire, Rendón, and others. After describing how an integrative praxis approach is applied in a sociology course, the authors…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Praxis, Sociology, Student Surveys
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Vázquez, Karina – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The combination of theater and community-based service-learning can be a powerful tool to allow university students to meet their educational goals while connecting them with the world. The performance of children's theater in elementary schools with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, for example, has important pedagogical…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Theater Arts, College Students, Elementary School Students
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Ramson, Amy J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
College students will face a workplace transformed even from the one that existed five years ago. Public and private organizations presently require employees to possess highly developed core competencies. This shift in expectations, exacerbated by high unemployment among recent college graduates, has made accountability a hot issue for higher…
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Students, Competency Based Education, Career Readiness
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Terry, John D.; Smith, Bradley H.; McQuillin, Samuel D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is strongly emphasized in many professions and should be taught as part of pre-professional training or to promote the development of enlightened citizens who utilize professional services. Service-learning (SL) classes provide an excellent opportunity to provide meaningful training in how EBP relates to education,…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Evidence, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities
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Saleh, Suha M.; Hamed, Kastro M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Service-learning has been used to integrate an educational experience with community outreach, particularly among underserved populations. In this study, college students enrolled in a health science major were engaged in an educational outreach initiative with a group of students from a high school with a predominantly minority population. The…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Partnerships in Education, Minority Group Students, Health Sciences
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Wasburn-Moses, Leah; Fry, Jay; Sanders, Kari – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Service-learning experiences for college students are increasing in popularity. Although youth mentoring is thought to be a significant service-learning experience for students, data in this area are lacking. This study evaluates a unique school-based service-learning mentoring experience at a midsized Midwestern university. Data were collected…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Learning Experience, At Risk Students, Youth Opportunities
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Nwokah, Eva E.; Leafblad, Stefanie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
In this study 44 undergraduate students in a language development course participated in service learning with preschool homeless and low-income children as a course requirement. Students completed a survey, questionnaires, reflective journaling, and small-group debriefing sessions. Based on current views on brain-based learning from cortical…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Language Acquisition, Preschool Children
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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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Hutchinson, Mary C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2010
This study involved students enrolled in a first-year service-learning course and explored the relationship between service-learning, academic self-confidence, and integration into the college experience. Descriptive statistics and qualitative document analysis of participant-produced texts were used to depict the students' perceptions regarding…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Service Learning, Self Esteem, Academic Persistence
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