Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Unlocking the Gate: Faculty Professional Development for Increased Student Success in Foundational and Gateway Courses
by Harrill, Thad||||||Smith, Brandon, Ed.D., Western Carolina University, 2020, 164; 27829075
Abstract (Summary)

Foundational and gateway courses are critical prerequisites in educational systems. Unfortunately, they can be challenging for students, causing high failure rates, which correlate with reduced course persistence and program completion for all students. To address this problem of practice we applied a dissertation in practice model wherein professional development for evidence-based pedagogical practices was implemented. After the professional development, participating faculty refined how they delivered the courses using one or more of the following practices: transparent teaching, metacognition, and design of classroom atmosphere. In Biology and Psychology classes, we saw statistically significant improvement. Further research is required to correlate how specific classroom practices and pedagogies used in this study correspond with academic achievement and persistence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weiler, Jessica
Commitee: Hinnant-Crawford, Brandi, Davis, Lowell, Barefoot, Betsy, Oxenreider, Anne
School: Western Carolina University
Department: Educational Leadership & Foundations
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Teacher education
Keywords: Course redesign, Gateway courses, Improvement science, Persistence, Retention
Publication Number: 27829075
ISBN: 9798662486225
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