USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
P18-Student Perceptions of Critical Thinking Writing Assignments in Non-Major Science Courses

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Ryan Tainsh

Two critical thinking writing assignments were implemented in non-major science courses and student perceptions of these assignments were measured. Each assignment was based on a documentary film involving evolution. Both assignments reinforced evolution, critical thinking skills, and the relevance of evolution. Students from two courses were asked to respond to perception surveys regarding both assignments. Students reported that critical thinking assignments and non-exam evaluations are appropriate for a non-major science course. Additionally, students reported that each assignment increased their knowledge for the topic, fostered critical thinking skills, and promoted creativity. This work shows that students value assignments that reinforce skills, provide context to course topics, and provide an alternative to traditional course exams. These data provide an opportunity to investigate the effect of such assignments on the performance of students in non-major science courses.


Ryan Tainsh

Johnson & Wales University

Wednesday April 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hill Atrium/Pecan Tree Galleria

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