Author Archive for Jeffrey King

How Important are the Following Factors to Student Achievement?

Survey results among K-12 teachers as published in “Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers,” p. 15, 2016. Student engagement and motivation was the most important (82% of teachers rating it very important), followed by percentages rating as very important: teaching quality (69%), school climate (67%), school safety (61%), social and emotional […]

Engaging or Ignoring the Disorienting Dilemma: Entitlement to Opinion?

Recently released results of a survey of K-12 teachers indicate that by a wide margin the factor most often reported as “very important” for student achievement is “student engagement and motivation” (Education Week Research Center, 2016, p. 15). While the question in the survey related to students’ academic achievement, would your response as a college […]

Evolutionary and Revolutionary Transformative Learning

  Kroth and Boverie (2009) developed a 4-cell grid to conceptualize the mix between the speed of Transformative Learning (TL, which they characterize as “Discovering”) and whether the TL occurred because the prompt to change was imposed from outside or because the learner intentionally put herself into the transformative scenario: Quadrant 1 represents a transformative […]

What’s Your Biggest Teaching Challenge?

Source: Top Hat’s 2016 Professor Pulse Survey was conducted between August and November 2016. The 21,558 respondents are primarily employees of public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Australia. Click on the image for more information from the source.  

The Perfect Storm for Transformative Learning?

[A]t the very moment when we have more varied ideas, thoughts and opinions on our campuses, we also have students who are less equipped and perhaps less eager to have challenging discussions. — José Antonio Bowen, President, Goucher College (2016, Dec. 7)   And, one might ask, what ideas or opinions are worth discussing? What […]

The North-South Divide in American Creativity

See this Washington Post article about the NEH graphical representation of findings above. Also, note this NEH definition of what they considered “personally performed or created artwork” for purposes of their survey: “Created pottery, ceramics, or jewelry; created leatherwork, metalwork, or woodwork; did weaving, crocheting, or other textile art; played a musical instrument; did acting; […]

Mandatory Advising Across College Types

Is advising mandatory for undergraduate students?  Chart showing percentage break-outs for whether advising is mandatory at small 2-year colleges, mid-large 2-year colleges, small public 4-year colleges, mid-large 4-year public institutions, small 4-yr private institutions, and mid-large 4-yr private institutions, plus the combined totals. Results show 60% saying yes, 26% showing yes for some, and 15% […]

Transformative Learning: Peripheral or Fundamental in Higher Ed Theory?

Kandlbinder and Peseta (2009) asked faculty and administrators for postgraduate certification courses in higher education teaching and learning what they consider to be the key concepts practitioners need to know about teaching well in college. In other words, if you want to earn a postgraduate certificate in higher education teaching and learning, what is the […]

Barring Reporters from Campus Protests

Bar chart showing % of college students and % of adults who say students should be able to bar reporters from campus protests. 19% of male students, and 18% of U.S. adults say yes; 37% of female students, and 23% of U.S. adult females say yes; 24% of white students say yes, and 14% of […]

Critical Thinking Snapshot

Critical Thinking Competencies from College infographic.