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Kim, Young K.; Armstrong, Cameron L.; Edwards, Sarah R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined whether and how the effects of student-faculty interaction on a range of student outcomes--such as college GPA, critical thinking and communication skills, academic satisfaction, and cultural appreciation and social awareness--vary by students' academic disciplines. The study utilized data on 37,977 undergraduate students who…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Grade Point Average, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Filipova, Anna A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examines the impact of thought self-leadership education on graduate students' perceptions of ethics and competencies in the execution of cognitive strategies (beliefs and assumptions, self-talk, and mental imagery) in a graduate public administration program's health care administration law course. The results obtained from Wilcoxon…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Ethics, Competence
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Persky, Adam M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The "flipped" classroom model, including such approaches as team-based learning (TBL), stresses pre-class preparation. For three years in a pharmacokinetics course within a pharmacy curriculum, students had the choice of using reading material or a fully animated module to prepare for class. Qualitative methods were used to analyze…
Descriptors: Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Education, Reading Materials, Animation
Fry, Catherine L.; Wei, Cynthia A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A growing body of evidence shows that infusing sustainability into undergraduate courses and programs can simultaneously benefit institutional goals, student learning outcomes, and society at large. In addition to being a globally relevant and urgent topic, sustainability can enhance learning of disciplinary concepts and development of broad…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Undergraduate Students, Instructional Innovation, Institutional Mission
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Michaelsen, Larry K.; Davidson, Neil; Major, Claire Howell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors address three questions: (1) What are the foundational practices of team-based learning (TBL)? (2) What are the fundamental principles underlying TBL's foundational practices? and (3) In what ways are TBL's foundational practices similar to and/or different from the practices employed by problem-based learning (PBL) and…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Educational Principles, College Instruction
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Albanese, Mark A.; Dast, Laura – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Over the past 30 years, problem-based learning (PBL) has become a major force in health professions education and even in the broader educational world. This article focuses on the outcomes that have been found from using PBL in the health professions based on at least 20 reviews done since 1990. The outcomes identified in these reviews are…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Evidence, Health, Health Education
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Wallace, Michael L.; Walker, Joshua D.; Braseby, Anne M.; Sweet, Michael S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
If instructors desire students to gain a deeper understanding of the content and begin thinking like experts, then they need class time for active, collaborative learning. In the flipped classroom, primary knowledge acquisition occurs before class, which creates space for students to practice applying the information of the discipline with their…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Expertise, College Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Kagan, Spencer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Frequent student processing of lecture content (1) clears working memory, (2) increases long-term memory storage, (3) produces retrograde memory enhancement, (4) creates episodic memories, (5) increases alertness, and (6) activates many brain structures. These outcomes increase comprehension of and memory for content. Many professors now…
Descriptors: College Instruction, College Faculty, College Students, Lecture Method
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Davidson, Neil; Major, Claire Howell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Since the 1960s, there has been growing and sustained interest in small-group learning approaches at the school level and in higher education. A voluminous body of literature in this area addresses theory, research, classroom practice, and faculty development. The approaches most highly represented in the literature are cooperative learning,…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Problem Based Learning, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Haidet, Paul; Kubitz, Karla; McCormack, Wayne T. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Team-based learning, or TBL, is an application-oriented teaching method that combines small- and large-group learning by incorporating multiple small groups into a large group setting. It has been increasingly used in postsecondary and professional education over the past two decades. Given this increasing usage, many faculty wonder about the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Literature Reviews, Knowledge Level
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Millis, Barbara J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The author explores concrete ways to help students learn more and have fun doing it while they support each other's learning. The article specifically shows the relationships between cooperative learning and deep learning. Readers will become familiar with the tenets of cooperative learning and its power to enhance learning--even more so when…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Students, Learning Strategies
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Johnson, David W.; Johnson, Roger T.; Smith, Karl A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Cooperative learning is an example of how theory validated by research may be applied to instructional practice. The major theoretical base for cooperative learning is social interdependence theory. It provides clear definitions of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning. Hundreds of research studies have validated its basic…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Instructional Improvement, College Instruction, Theory Practice Relationship
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Jones, Elizabeth A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Classroom experiences influence a diverse array of student outcomes, such as academic and cognitive development, interpersonal skills, and the amount of time students engage in academic activities. Collaborative learning is an important pedagogy that is particularly meaningful for graduate students, who are often adults returning to college. This…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, College Instruction, Graduate Students, Learning Experience
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Mitry, Darryl J.; Smith, David E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors of this article express concern about the use of parametric techniques to report faculty performance based on categorical Likert survey data gleaned from student responses to teaching evaluations. They argue that these surveys often violate primary statistical requirements for evaluative application. Therefore, the conclusions drawn…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Competencies, College Faculty
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Biswas, Ann E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The rise in academic integrity violations and the connection between dishonest behavior in college and civic behavior after graduation signal a call to educators that more should be done to prepare students to be ethical, responsible citizens. Through collaboration, particularly on written projects for their peers, students can feel more a part of…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility
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