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Metacognitive Reading Strategies, Karen Manarin 2010 Mount Royal University

Metacognitive Reading Strategies, Karen Manarin

SoTL Commons Conference

What reading strategies do undergraduate students value? What strategies do they demonstrate? In this session, I present results from a study involving two sections of a first-year General Education course, Critical Writing and Reading . I claim that, although students have been taught different reading strategies, they will use those they attribute value to, regardless of efficacy. In particular, they rely upon relating the text back to their own experience and what Block and Duffy (2008) identify as image. Although relating and imagining can be powerful strategies for certain types of texts, particularly those often taught in Language Arts classrooms, they ...


How Do Motivational Strategies Affect Student Learning And Instructor Planning?, Robert Houmes, Kathleen Ingram 2010 Jacksonville University

How Do Motivational Strategies Affect Student Learning And Instructor Planning?, Robert Houmes, Kathleen Ingram

SoTL Commons Conference

Because of the rigor required to learn and apply content in a college-level accounting course, student success is largely determined by their level of dedication to learning. Identification of variables that influence students' level of dedication to learning has important implications for educators who have the opportunity to influence such behaviors and enhance performance outcomes in the accounting classroom. Keller's ARCS model of motivational design suggests that a student's level of interest (Attention and Relevance), Confidence, and Satisfaction influences their dedication to learning (Driscoll, 200?; Keller, 1987). In this study we use self-efficacy and locus of control as ...


Visual Analogies In A Graduate Course: Student-Perceived Learning Outcomes, Susan Spezzini 2010 University of Alabama at Birmingham

Visual Analogies In A Graduate Course: Student-Perceived Learning Outcomes, Susan Spezzini

SoTL Commons Conference

This session presents findings from a study about the impact of visual analogies on the teaching and learning of difficult concepts within a master's degree course. To bridge the gap between the known and unknown, the presenter used concrete images (train cars) for teaching abstract ideas (phonological concepts) to future teachers of English as a Second Language. Retrospectively, she studied her students' perceptions about how these visual analogies had influenced their learning outcomes with respect to understanding phonology (sound systems) and to applying their new knowledge when helping English language learners overcome pronunciation difficulties. Results suggest that these analogies ...


Effectiveness And Results Of Paper Based Versus Web Based Student Course Assessments, Juliana Lancaster, Michael Furick 2010 Georgia Gwinnett College

Effectiveness And Results Of Paper Based Versus Web Based Student Course Assessments, Juliana Lancaster, Michael Furick

SoTL Commons Conference

This paper examines the changes associated with Georgia Gwinnett College's recent switch from paper based student course assessments to a web based system of course assessments. Student assessments and overall teaching performance comprises from 40% to 60% of the teacher's annual performance evaluation so any changes due to data collection methods can be significant. This session will discuss the pros and cons of each data collection method, student response rates, implementation difficulties, response of the Deans to the change, trends in the ratings of the teaching staff overall and typical impact on an individual's rating. The audience ...


The Impacts Of Water Pollution On Economic Development In Sudan, Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed 2010 Department of Economics. Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

The Impacts Of Water Pollution On Economic Development In Sudan, Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed

Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed

Water pollution is a chronic crisis in Sudan that is rarely researched. However, it is combined with scarcity, disputes and uncertainty. In The current paper we introduce its concepts with emphasis on the growing problems of pollution combined with scarcity. A Case study of the growing problem of pollution is introduced and analyzed using economic parameters.


The Educational Role Of Research Libraries In Higher Education: A White Paper For The Directors Of The Greater Western Library Alliance, Patricia A. Iannuzzi 2010 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Educational Role Of Research Libraries In Higher Education: A White Paper For The Directors Of The Greater Western Library Alliance, Patricia A. Iannuzzi

Library Faculty Publications

This white paper provides background about the convergence of disparate undergraduate education movements in higher education that affect GWLA individual institutions, particularly those initiatives related to the reinvention of undergraduate education in research universities. It provides suggestions for how individual GWLA member libraries can take advantage of an unprecedented interested in education reform to assume leadership roles on our campuses, and in doing so, provide greater security for libraries during fiscal uncertainty as they position themselves, their collections, and their services as an integral part of the instructional agenda as well as the research agenda. Finally, it suggests some ways ...


Evaluating Teaching As A First Step To Sotl, Margy MacMillan, Karen Manarin, Maureen Mitchell 2010 Mount Royal University

Evaluating Teaching As A First Step To Sotl, Margy Macmillan, Karen Manarin, Maureen Mitchell

SoTL Commons Conference

A team of faculty researching the evaluation of teaching discovered many connections between evaluating teaching for tenure and promotion, and reflecting on teaching as the basis for SoTL projects. Similar questions are asked and similar methods of observation, documentation, and experimentation are involved in the development of oneself as a teacher/scholar and in the assessment of faculty for administrative purposes. The panelists will briefly describe the connections between formal evaluation processes and SOTL, and then open a discussion of how evaluative processes at participants' institutions may support SoTL activities by identifying areas that might benefit from scholarly, purposeful examination ...


Lessons Students Teach Us: Pursuing The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning Through Text-Based Methods Of Inquiry, John Habel, Cynthia S. Deale 2010 Western Carolina University

Lessons Students Teach Us: Pursuing The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning Through Text-Based Methods Of Inquiry, John Habel, Cynthia S. Deale

SoTL Commons Conference

Established academic disciplines have agreed upon methods of inquiry and standards of methodological rigor. Because SoTL has little history, is undertheorized, and is explicitly multidisciplinary, few such standards guide those who practice SoTL. Given SoTL's multidisciplinary nature, which can accommodate the concepts and sources of evidence of the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, the goal of this session is to present practical guidance for using text-based methods of inquiry where student work products serve as both the texts under analysis and the evidence of learning. The presenters provide guidance for and stimulate conversation about ...


Strategies For Success In Interdisciplinary Team Teaching, Michael Furick, Jennie Stearns 2010 Georgia Gwinnett College

Strategies For Success In Interdisciplinary Team Teaching, Michael Furick, Jennie Stearns

SoTL Commons Conference

This paper examines the implementation difficulties and the student learning outcomes during a test of interdisciplinary teaching in one course. During two semesters, the course, titled “Communicating in the Business Environment,” was co-taught by a Business School faculty member and an English faculty member; the two subsequent semesters, the course was taught by a Business faculty member only. This presentation will examine pragmatic issues such as implementation of a joint teaching arrangement, counting of course load credit, the logistics of student evaluations, course design issues, and management of student expectations in having two teachers. Strategies for success in achieving a ...


Measuring Non-Cognitive Aspects In A Course, Aida Suraya 2010 Universiti Putra Malaysia

Measuring Non-Cognitive Aspects In A Course, Aida Suraya

SoTL Commons Conference

In 2006 the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education proposed the review of university curriculum to ensure graduate competitiveness by embedding seven ‘must have' skills in the program and course learning outcomes. The skills include critical thinking and problem solving; communication; social skills and responsibility; management and entrepreneurship, and leadership. This session will highlight the initiatives conducted at Universiti Putra Malaysia in assessing attainment of soft skills. Assessment for each course is guided using rubrics whilst students' perception of their soft skills is measured using questionnaires. Both of these assessment methods have been tried out, however the results did not show ...


The Multilingual And Multicultural Classroom - Take One, Karen M. Lauridsen 2010 Aarhus University

The Multilingual And Multicultural Classroom - Take One, Karen M. Lauridsen

SoTL Commons Conference

The internationalization of Higher Education has increased in recent years and has resulted in a new situation for many colleges and universities: faculty as well as students have different first languages, they come from different cultural backgrounds and more often than not, they have grown up in different pedagogical / didactic traditions. While we celebrate diversity, there is no denying that this situation also creates challenges in the Multilingual and Multicultural Classroom. In a certain sense, we see a Bermuda Triangle, the three angles of which represent language, culture and pedagogical tradition, and within which we as educators need to navigate ...


Fidget Toys In The Classroom: Refocusing Attention, Donald Slater, Jean French 2010 Georgia Southern University

Fidget Toys In The Classroom: Refocusing Attention, Donald Slater, Jean French

SoTL Commons Conference

The poster summarizes and analyzes data collected from Fall 2008 through Fall 2009 and demonstrates the value of students'perspectives, values, and opinions using fidget toys in the classroom. Fidget toys were used to redirect student attention to in-class topic material and to create a productive, focused teaching and learning environment. Data was collected, using a twelve question Likert Rating Scale (LRS) survey, at the beginning and end of each semester. Students estimated the value of use of the fidget toys in redirecting their attention to in-class topic material.


Designing Graduate Teaching Assistants Training Programs, Bridget Melton, Yasar Bodur 2010 Georgia Southern University

Designing Graduate Teaching Assistants Training Programs, Bridget Melton, Yasar Bodur

SoTL Commons Conference

Often graduate teaching assistants (GTA) come into their programs with little or no pedagogical background and are asked to teach a variety of undergraduate classes. The key to helping the GTA transition from an undergraduate student or professional environmental into an instructional role is critical for the integrity of any academic program. The researchers will present findings from a current qualitative study on teaching efficacy and make suggestions of how program directors can help facilitate more efficient training program for college and university graduate teaching assistantship programs. The authors will present the material in a lecture and discussion format. The ...


Student Attitudes And Performance In An Introductory College Economics Class, Greg Brock 2010 Georgia Southern University

Student Attitudes And Performance In An Introductory College Economics Class, Greg Brock

SoTL Commons Conference

Students attitudes towards Economics as well as their knowledge of Economics before and after taking a college introductory Economics class is examined using standardized multiple choice economics questions. Prior knowledge of economics, having a bank account, and other biographical information are used to hold constant many factors influencing pre/post performance in an economics class such as instructor, book, content of the class. Results hope to shed light on how to flag potentially low grade students at the start of the semester to enable them to improve their performance in the introductory class.


The Implementation Of A Conceptually Coherent Curriculum Within A Constructivist Preschool Environment, Heather Jones, Sarah Post 2010 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

The Implementation Of A Conceptually Coherent Curriculum Within A Constructivist Preschool Environment, Heather Jones, Sarah Post

Psychology and Child Development

Creating a learning environment that enchants children’s curiosity and sparks exploration, discovery, and thought does not require a great amount of financial resources. Rather, one must concentrate on observation and focus on building on children’s existing interests in the natural world. The research and theories of Swiss psychologist and philosopher, Jean Piaget, and Russian Psychologist, Lev Vygotsky provide a concrete look into a child’s cognitive and social development and can be informative in creating such environments. Using the developmental knowledge presented in these theories, programs such as the Reggio Emilia program, the Preschool Pathways to Science program ...


An Empathetic Approach To Physical Education Teacher Education, Tony Monahan 2010 Rhode Island College

An Empathetic Approach To Physical Education Teacher Education, Tony Monahan

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Based on the theory that a more student-centered approach in physical education classes might encourage more students to engage in lifelong physical activity and, thereby, lead a healthier life, this study was undertaken to determine the effect of a semester-long empathy-focused educational intervention on empathy levels in 59 college-level students studying in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Programs at three East-coast universities. ANCOVA results revealed statistically significant findings in "Higher Order" empathy levels in the experimental groups, and analysis of essays written for the study also suggested a change in experimental group subjects' personal view of PE toward an empathetic ...


Por Uma Avaliação Objectiva, Paulo Ferreira da Cunha 2010 Universidade do Porto

Por Uma Avaliação Objectiva, Paulo Ferreira Da Cunha

Paulo Ferreira da Cunha

Com base em mitos educativos muito difundidos, e cavalgando o corcel do temor reverencial dos docentes antes o educativamente correcto, têm-se instalado perspectivas muito injustas sobre o que se deve e como se deve avaliaro dito "desempenho" dos professores, designadamente do ensino superior. Este artigo, sem discutir as questões filosóficas de base de toda a avaliação, procura minimizar os danos do processo em curso propondo concretos critérios de uma avaliação que não seja a manifestação do puro arbítrio dos poderes académicos pontuais, manipulando grelhas subjectivas e complexíssimas. Pretende, pois, uma avaliação justa, pela objectividade.


Pensada Lei, Pensada Malícia. A Propósito Das Avaliações "De Desempenho" Aos Docentes, Paulo Ferreira da Cunha 2010 Universidade do Porto

Pensada Lei, Pensada Malícia. A Propósito Das Avaliações "De Desempenho" Aos Docentes, Paulo Ferreira Da Cunha

Paulo Ferreira da Cunha

There is a widespread ignorance about what does and what it should do a university professor, lecturer or researcher. This will create dangerous myths about how teachers should be evaluated, because paying no attention to the nature of their labor, and resulting on the creation of deep injustice. It is feared that such systems to be implemented result in infinite time-consuming bureaucratic. Precious time that should be used in teaching and research. That may also pollute the environment by creating lethal enemies among teaching people, ending up in lengthy legal proceedings. This article seeks to make a diagnosis of myths ...


El Alcance De Los Medios Electrónicos En La Educación, Fernando Villaseñor Rodríguez 2010 Escuela Libre de Derecho

El Alcance De Los Medios Electrónicos En La Educación, Fernando Villaseñor Rodríguez

Fernando Villaseñor Rodríguez

No abstract provided.


Human Rights Violations, Missing Justice, Civil Conflicts And Darfur Political Future, Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed 2010 Department of Economics. Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Human Rights Violations, Missing Justice, Civil Conflicts And Darfur Political Future, Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed

Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed

This paper reset some facts about Darfur civil conflict. It is brief statement of facts integrated with what I describe here as the missing justice. Violations of human rights are undeniable, but channels of achieving justice are absent. It is my conclusion here that the escalation of civil conflicts in Darfur from armed gangs to rebel groups and then to open civil wars were instigated by concrete evidence of human rights violations, atrocities and genocides and most of all by the inability of the concerned authorities to carry out justice which was lost in the maze of deception, lies, ignorance ...


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