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Dempster, Michaux E.; Dempster, Gregory M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This article discusses a study conducted to evaluate the effect of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) University College's Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Program on student performance in first-year core curriculum courses. First, a description and history of the UTA program are provided. Next, the authors describe how quantitative…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness
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Trogden, Bridget G.; Royal, Jennifer Ellis – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Foundational undergraduate courses in chemistry and mathematics are gateways to a number of lucrative majors and pre-professional programs. Historically, however, students often struggle with these disciplines and can benefit from alternate approaches to examining their learning strategies. This article describes the use of exam…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Abreu, Joshua; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Kortz, Kirsten – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study involved five English instructors at a Hispanic-serving community college who participated in professional development workshops on culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP). Three themes emerged from analysis of the survey and interview data: (1) Integration of disciplinary identity contributes to instructors'' satisfaction with the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Hispanic American Students
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Ferrari-Bridgers, Franca; Blake-Campbell, Barbara – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study examined the effectiveness of reflective pedagogy in advancing integrative learning experiences in an urban community college. The researchers measured this effectiveness by looking at the change in the level of students' learning. The findings were supported through quantitative data from several disciplines and qualitative data from a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Urban Schools, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Hunter, Sally B.; Moran, Hayley B.; Mullican, K. Nicole; Connor, Lisa A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether college students' attitudes toward group work could be influenced by thoughtful group project design. Undergraduate students (N = 123) in a lifespan human development course were assigned to groups and asked to create a smartphone app for a specific life stage. The authors utilized a convergent…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities
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Sanders, Andrea L.; Snyder, Stephen J.; Mathews, Sierra-Kailin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Instructors' ability to foster students' disposition to engage in critical thinking (CT) is instrumental for CT growth. University students' (N = 1,352) semester-long gains across specific dispositions were compared when taught by professors who had received zero, one, two, or three semesters of training in CT pedagogy. All groups experienced…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Motivation, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Sowell, Krista; Saichaie, Kem; Bergman, Jacqueline; Applegate, Elizabeth – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Classroom space limitations and increasing student enrollments push universities to the development of alternative course delivery models. The authors describe how a high-enrollment, general elective course was converted into a HyFlex model. A HyFlex course provides flexible participation, allowing students the choice of attending face-to-face…
Descriptors: Enrollment, Online Courses, Elective Courses, Educational Innovation
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Oswald, Barbara B.; Walton, Amy J.; Campbell, Darlene G.; Seufert, Robert L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The authors report outcomes for veteran-friendly initiatives on the regional and main campuses of a mid-sized university in the Midwestern U.S. Across three years, 1270 military-affiliated students were self- or institutionally identified (paid tuition with VA benefits) and invited to complete telephone or online surveys assessing their…
Descriptors: Veterans, Student Personnel Services, Coordination, Student Satisfaction
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Gore, Jonathan; Sweet, Charlie; Blythe, Hal; Carpenter, Russell; Tichenor, Damon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine differences in student perceptions of instructor and course characteristics for courses that students deemed to be high in learning versus high in enjoyment. Realizing that students differ from faculty in how they view the traits of a highly effective instructor, the authors created a survey of student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Lovvorn, Al S.; Timmerman, John E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The flipped classroom, based on constructivist theory, focuses on acquiring strengths within a discipline rather than knowledge transmission. While the process of flipping the classroom has been extensively explored, little discussion has followed concerning how to effectively evaluate student learning in this new teaching paradigm. The authors…
Descriptors: Homework, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods
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Allendoerfer, Cheryl; Veilleux, Nanette; Floyd-Smith, Tamara; Plett, Melani; Wilson, Denise; Bates, Rebecca; Jones, Diane Carlson – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study examines student-faculty relationships at a small women's college where STEM students rely almost exclusively on faculty members for academic support. Students at comparison schools, including two of similar size, rely primarily on peer study groups. To understand this difference, students and faculty interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Single Sex Colleges, STEM Education, College Faculty
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Strassle, Carla G.; Verrecchia, P.J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Much of the research on uncivil behavior in the college/university classroom has focused on individual academic fields of study and been conducted at one, typically public, institution. This study examined perceptions of classroom incivility of faculty members (N = 166) from both public and private two- and four year institutions. The authors…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Student Behavior, Antisocial Behavior
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Tassoni, John Paul – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This article describes a studio approach to faculty development in a First-Year Seminar (FYS) program. The studio concept helps structure and theorize faculty development efforts in the program. Meeting for regular in-term reflections on their FYSs, instructors collectively generate responses to teaching challenges specific to the program as well…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, First Year Seminars, Teaching Methods, General Education
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DeMonbrun, Matt; Cañas, Jessica; Finelli, Cynthia J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Several reports have highlighted the need to improve teaching within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly at the undergraduate level. These reports have encouraged the use of more evidence-based teaching practices in the classroom to improve teaching. The authors explore how faculty members' decision to…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Martinez, Anabella; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Bolitzer, Liza Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Learning in higher education is often perceived from the standpoint of the students, yet faculty are also learners. To investigate what faculty learn from their interactions with students, the authors analyzed interview data from 40 early post-tenure faculty and learned that (1) faculty approach subject matter differently than students and (2) the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Faculty Development, College Students, College Faculty
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