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Stereotype Threat: What It Is and How It Affects Our Teaching
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

Stereotype Threat: What It Is and How It Affects Our Teaching

Negative stereotypes impose an intellectual burden on many minorities as well as those who believe that others perceive their performance or abilities in negative ways.  The threat of possibly satisfying or confirming a stereotype - often referred to as stereotype threat in the literature - can interfere with a student’s performance on a variety of tasks. Stereotype threat is one of several factors that contribute to academic inequality, yet the research shows that it is also one of the factors that can be easily addressed. In this talk I will discuss what the current research on stereotype threat tells us about how stereotypes affect individuals, why it happens, and how we can address it our classrooms.

About the "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" Series:
Each semester, the CTE hosts at least one formal research presentation on a specific question addressed within the scholarship of teaching and learning. The "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talks take place over lunch (provided by the CTE) and are open to all faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Curiosity and the College Classroom
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Curiosity and the College Classroom

Josh Eyler
Director, Rice CTE

About the Presentation:
Curiosity is an essential part of the way human beings learn, and it always has been. In order to learn something, we must first wonder about it. This was true of our distant ancestors, and it is true of all of us. Researchers have shown, though, that somewhere between the time when children are very young and when they find their way to our college classrooms, the lion’s share of this curiosity is lost. I'll suggest some ways that we might try to find it again and why the search matters so much for higher education.

About the "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" Series:
Each semester, the CTE hosts at least one formal research presentation on a specific question addressed within the scholarship of teaching and learning. The "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talks take place over lunch (provided by the CTE) and are open to all faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

Please RSVP here.

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Do Student Evaluations of Teaching Really Get an "F"?
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Do Student Evaluations of Teaching Really Get an "F"?

There is perhaps no issue within the scholarship of teaching and learning that is more controversial than the question of whether student evaluations can provide valid and reliable measures of teaching effectiveness. And due in no small part to the controversial nature of the question, it is also the most studied issue in the history of peer-reviewed research on higher education. In this talk, CTE Assistant Director Betsy Barre will summarize the broad outlines of this 100 year-old research literature before opening the floor to your questions. She will discuss the various ways scholars have tried to assess the validity of these instruments, past and current debates about variables that might bias the results (grades, workload, student effort, class size, discipline, and gender, among others), and what the research has to say about whether student evaluations can be used to improve teaching.

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