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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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Marchetti, Carol; Ho, Chi Man; Foster, Susan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Many teachers are aware of the benefits of small-group learning. However, implementation, especially in classrooms with communication challenges, can be difficult. For students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) in mainstream classrooms, communication is most often supported through sign language interpreters and captioning. This model of…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes, Deafness
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Snyder, Stephen J.; Edwards, Laura C.; Sanders, Andrea L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
An adaptation of Halpern's (1998) model of critical thinking (CT) was implemented for seven semesters of data collection involving 904 students in 44 classes. A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design was utilized for evaluating student growth in CT. The model comprised the development of higher education students' CT skills and dispositions by…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Higher Education, College Students, Teaching Methods
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Pieterson, E. Corrie; Ridgway, Judith S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The authors present an example of a social constructivist framework and a backward design approach to enhance an underutilized peer mentoring program for teaching assistants. Following a needs assessment for quality improvement, the authors designed a mentoring workshop and revised guidelines: Mentoring pairs now use a four-step process to frame…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Peer Teaching, Mentors, Teaching Assistants
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Kwong, Theresa; Hafiz, Muhammad; Lau, Peter; Chan, Isaac – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Differences in cultural background and prior academic background significantly affect the perception of academic integrity and ethics (AIE) among university students. While upholding the highest standards of AIE is crucial both academically and professionally, such abstract concepts are difficult to teach in the traditional classroom. With mobile…
Descriptors: Integrity, Ethics, Cultural Background, Prior Learning
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Symbaluk, Diane G.; Howell, Andrew J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This study examined online student feedback to determine the extent to which students identify strengths of character in their perceptions of professors and whether student-identified character strengths could distinguish between teaching-award winners (n = 120) and research-award winners (n = 119). A content analysis of posted comments on…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response)
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Grace, Christine Cooper – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This article advocates using Leventhal's (1980) justice judgment theory to incorporate distributive and procedural justice into summative assessment of student learning in higher education. It reviews important commonalities between the process of employee performance appraisal in organizations and practices to assess student learning in academe…
Descriptors: Justice, Summative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, College Students
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Wray, Amanda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This article introduces critical dialogue exercises, a pedagogical practice that links contemplation, rhetorical listening, and writing with directed storytelling in an effort to raise student consciousness about potentially oppressive histories embedded in our everyday language practices and to encourage social justice oriented discursive action.…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Dialogs (Language), Story Telling, Reflection
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Fox, Laurie; McNally, Jennifer Ceven – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This mixed-methods study addressed the professor-student learning relationship in higher education and perception of its helpfulness in learning among college students with diagnosed learning disabilities. The Relationship and Learning Questionnaire drew items from four previously researched instruments. Results identify students' preference for…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, College Students
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Terosky, Aimee LaPointe – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This qualitative study examines how 50 professors employed at open access, broad access, or regionally based institutions view their students and the ways in which these views influence their teaching practices. Analysis found that participants fell into one of two categories: (a) those following a nuanced understanding of the prestige model,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, College Students
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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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Sharma, Manu; Cobb, Cam – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This conceptual article emerges out of a research project--including a systematic literature review and autoethnographic study--on social justice-informed co-teaching. The authors collaborated on two Faculty of Education courses at a mid-sized Canadian University to analyze their own experiences as well as research patterns in a pool of studies…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Team Teaching, Teaching Methods, Ethnography
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Wood, Marianna D.; Wood, Jessa M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Students in upper-level courses are expected to observe disciplinary conventions in writing assignments. Common recommendations for teaching conventions require substantial time for instructor feedback and in-class instruction. As an alternative, we tested the effectiveness of a checklist in improving students' performance of these conventions.…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Writing Achievement, Writing Skills, Writing Strategies
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Walser, Tamara M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
It is both important and challenging to assess transfer of skills learned through coursework and related organizational and societal contributions. The author describes an action research study to determine the effectiveness of a doctoral course in program evaluation. Using Kirkpatrick's (Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick, 2006) four-level evaluation…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Course Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Action Research
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