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Cummings, Cristina M.; Cummings, Timothy M. – College Teaching, 2021
We designed an interdisciplinary project-based learning course in hydroponics for undergraduate non-science major students. Students worked in teams to design, build, and maintain plants in various types of hydroponic systems over the semester. In three semesters of teaching the course, students consistently demonstrated knowledge of course…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Horticulture, Problem Based Learning, Higher Education
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Parsh, Bridget; Merrifield, Emily; Migliaccio, Todd; Munoz, Rheena – College Teaching, 2021
First Year Seminars have been found to positively impact student experience and retention in universities, especially in large-outcome measures such as grade point average, retention rates, and ultimately, graduation rates. Common learning experiences, a high-impact practice, such as course readings, a syllabus template, and discussion topics help…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Assignments
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Scott, Inara K. – College Teaching, 2021
In the area of law, metacognition is an implicit goal of instruction, as legal studies classes often stress learning to "think like a lawyer." However, the explicit metacognitive model for using legal reasoning to break down complex problems and seek solutions is rarely identified. This article explicitly identifies the metacognitive…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teaching Methods, Lawyers, Thinking Skills
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Wood, Aaron D.; Borja, Karla; Hoke, Leon – College Teaching, 2021
We describe the rise in intergenerational narcissistic behavior amongst college students and educational issues that this trend creates in the classroom, including entitlement and academic dishonesty. As these behaviors impose costs on faculty, other students, and society, we use a game-theoretic approach to exhibit the efficacy of creating and…
Descriptors: College Students, Personality Problems, Educational Trends, Student Behavior
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Mark, Sheron L. – College Teaching, 2021
Pre-service and beginning in-service science teachers enrolled in a university teacher education program participated in a project to support their teaching through a lens of sustainability. While they demonstrated active and positive engagement, I considered the possibility of any students reacting negatively to the course material and doing so…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education, Inclusion, Political Issues
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Macaluso, Robin; Amaro-Jiménez, Carla; Patterson, Oliver K.; Martinez-Cosio, Maria; Veerabathina, Nilashki; Clark, Kametrice; Luken-Sutton, Jennifer – College Teaching, 2021
Here we share results from a larger study of professional development (PD) provided to faculty at Research I Urban University (RIUU), where STEM faculty modeled active learning strategies and provided ready-to-use STEM materials to teaching staff. Data from 94 STEM faculty, who comprised 27% of the total participants (N = 340), demonstrated a…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, College Faculty, STEM Education, Active Learning
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Carroll, Kathleen A.; Harris, Carolynn M. – College Teaching, 2021
The ability to synthesize and communicate complicated problems with confidence is paramount for success in STEM fields, but programs tend to overemphasize memorization. We conducted a preliminary study to determine if asking students to repeatedly link materials: (1) improved students' ability to build connections; and (2) increased students'…
Descriptors: Repetition, Course Objectives, Ecology, STEM Education
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Southworth, Stephanie; Brallier, Sara – College Teaching, 2021
This paper describes a community based learning project organized to improve students' understanding of the structural components of homelessness, reduce stereotypes, and encourage students to engage in social justice activism on behalf of the homeless. This paper explains the goals of this project, student outcomes, research findings, and the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Knowledge Level, Homeless People, Stereotypes
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Cook-Sather, Alison; Hayward, Lorna – College Teaching, 2021
Perspective is a central tenet of seemingly disparate theories and practices: situated learning; communities of practice and legitimate peripheral participation; metacognition developed through reflective practice; standpoint theory; student voice; and pedagogical partnership. We integrate key insights from these into a single interpretive…
Descriptors: Student Role, Consultants, Student Attitudes, College Faculty
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Reysen, Rebekah; Reysen, Matthew; Reysen, Stephen – College Teaching, 2021
In the present study, we examined the relationship between academic entitlement, nomophobia, and cellular phone usage during class. Students reported the amount of time spent on their phones during class, frequency of checking phones during class, academic entitlement, and dimensions of nomophobia (cell phone addiction). Academic entitlement and…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Anxiety, College Students
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Chun, Jeeyoung; Williams, Thomas O., Jr. – College Teaching, 2021
This research investigates the characteristics of a faculty inquiry group, a learning community in which faculty and staff can learn technology integration to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities in higher education, based on Wenger's 14 indicators (1998) and their learning effects. The results reveal that this faculty inquiry…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, College Faculty, Teaching Assistants
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Biber, Duke D.; Heidorn, Jennifer – College Teaching, 2021
Podcasting targets student engagement through technology-based blended learning and application of the four perspectives previously discussed. Podcast-based walking programs, based off of the Walking Classroom, promote exercise and learning without reducing educational time. The purpose of this commentary is to explain a teaching method that…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Teaching Methods, College Students, Learner Engagement
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Swalve, Natashia; Harwood, Amanda; Calhoun, Eric S. – College Teaching, 2021
Demand for STEM majors is increasing, yet attrition in STEM classes is common. Exam wrappers and asking students to write on test anxiety have both been shown to be somewhat successful as simple interventions. This study examined the impact of exam wrappers (termed a post-exam wrapper) that specifically included a multiple-choice question about…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Test Anxiety, Academic Achievement, STEM Education
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Salifu, Inusah – College Teaching, 2021
This qualitative inquiry used the multiple case study and phenomenological designs to explore coteaching experiences of teachers in higher educational institutions. The research utilized the modal purposive and accidental sampling techniques to select five groups of coteachers from five Ghanaian universities. Data obtained via in-depth group…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Educational Trends, College Instruction, Teaching Experience
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Bletscher, Caitlin G.; Lee, SuYeon – College Teaching, 2021
Listening skills are essential to interpersonal relationships and successful work in teams. Despite its necessity, most communication curriculum in higher education does not target students' listening skills. This study examines the impact of infusing an Active Empathetic Listening (AEL) module into a large, introductory university communication…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Empathy, Introductory Courses, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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