Trent W. Maurer's research while affiliated with Georgia Southern University and other places

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This paper critically examines the reasons for and processes of sharing SoTL findings with students. Framed by our commitment to SoTL’s role to make teaching “community property,” we interpret sharing SoTL findings with students as an act of knowledge mobilization, where SoTL might be disseminated, translated, or co-created with the student as a le...
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This paper critically examines the reasons for and processes of sharing SoTL findings with students. Framed by our commitment to SoTL’s role to make teaching “community property,” we interpret sharing SoTL findings with students as an act of knowledge mobilization, where SoTL might be disseminated, translated, or co-created with the student as a le...
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This study presents a three-year replication and extension of Maurer’s (2013) evaluation of a classroom activity to reduce prejudice and discrimination. Students in six sections of an introductory family science course were assigned to one of three conditions and one of two target marginalized groups for a 3x2 design. Results differed significantly...
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Determining authorship credit and order in collaborative research projects can be difficult, can introduce or increase conflict in the research environment, and can exacerbate existing inequalities and affect power dynamics between team members. As a result, much disciplinary scholarship has been written to develop potential guidelines for authorsh...
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Determining authorship credit and order in collaborative research projects can be difficult, can introduce or increase conflict in the research environment, and can exacerbate existing inequalities and affect power dynamics between team members. As a result, much disciplinary scholarship has been written to develop potential guidelines for authorsh...
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This research evaluated the effectiveness of training and educating preservice teachers to understand and implement developmentally appropriate practices for children birth to age 5. Data from 803 participants were collected over a 3-year period at a university with a laboratory child care program associated with an undergraduate degree in child an...
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Few research studies have been conducted on the usefulness of study guides and student perceptions of their use. This mixed-method study evaluated student perceptions of the value of two types of study guides (outline vs. completed) in Human Anatomy and Physiology classes (HAP) and analyzed the relationship between these perceptions, demographics,...
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This project used a nonexperimental design with a convenience sample and studied the relationship between academic motivation, grade expectation, and academic performance in 1,210 students enrolled in undergraduate human anatomy and physiology (HAP) classes over a 2-yr period. A 42-item survey that included 28 items of the adapted academic motivati...
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Visual analogies play an important role in the teaching and learning of many diverse topics in chemistry. Organic nomenclature is an essential skill needed for student success in organic chemistry; however, it is a topic most students have difficulty in mastering. Without a strong foundation of nomenclature, students will struggle to follow more ad...
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This investigation explored college students' victim-blaming behaviors in perceptions of incapacitated rape. Participants received a vignette about a man who had sexual intercourse with a woman who had lost consciousness due to alcohol, with the conditions varied across the vignettes: the relationship between the parties, the alcohol use of the man...
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To improve student success, instructors need to understand how students feel about their own learning and how much responsibility the students take for it. This information is crucial to teaching and to the development of more effective courses. Yet, very often, instructors in higher education focus on content learning exclusively. While summative...
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This study compared students’ daily in-class reading quiz scores in an introductory Child Development course across five conditions: control, reading guide only, reading guide and on-line practice quiz, reading guide and on-line graded quiz, and reading guide and both types of on-line quizzes. At the beginning of class, students completed a 5-item...
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This project compared the learning gains from teaching financial literacy skills to undergraduate students through two methods: traditional classroom instruction and peer financial counseling. Students at a southeastern university received instruction through either a semester-long course on family economics (N = 78) or a one-hour peer-led session...
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Excerpt: With its most recent acceptance rate of 11%, IJ-SoTL represents one of the most difficult places to get a manuscript published. These three tips can help move you closer to that 11%:
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What happens when a group of faculty interested in SoTL gets together? This essay presents a case study of the Faculty Learning Lommunity (FLC) on SoTL at Georgia Southern University since its inception in 2006. Included in the discussion are the history and origins of the FLC, its evolution over the last four years, the products and outcomes of th...
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This article presents a revision and extension of remarks made by the authors as part of a plenary panel at the 2010 SoTL Commons Conference at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia (USA) on the current and future state of SoTL both in their respective countries (New Zealand, Israel, Denmark, the United States, and Trinidad & Tobago) a...
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This study investigated the effectiveness of role play in a large undergraduate science class. The targeted population consisted of 298 students enrolled in 2 sections of an undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology course taught by the same instructor. The section engaged in the role-play activity served as the study group, whereas the section pr...
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This investigation explored three categories of college students’ perceptions of sexual assault: perceptions of similarity to vignette characters, perceptions of vignette characters’ sexual intent, and victim-blaming behaviors, using a convenience sample of 652 U.S. undergraduates and an on-line factorial survey containing a two-part heterosexual d...
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I tested 2 competing theories to explain the connection between students' expected grades and ratings of instructors: cognitive dissonance and revenge. Cognitive dissonance theory holds that students who expect poor grades rate instructors poorly to minimize ego threat whereas the revenge theory holds that students rate instructors poorly in an att...
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Maurer, Pleck, and Rane's Gender Congruence Theory was further expanded via Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory and tested to predict parenting behaviors in fathers and mothers. Results provided some support for the revised theory for fathers: Both perceived expectations from their wives for caregiving behavior and the perceived caregiving behaviors...
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This study discusses methodological considerations in assessing paternal identity with scale versus pie chart measures as they relate to paternal involvement. Additionally, it compares data on paternal identity and behavior at the role level (father) versus the domain level (more specific aspects of fathering, such as caregiving). Results indicate...
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A new theoretical model for parental identity, reflected-appraisals, and behavior was proposed. Parental identity and behavior in married parents were then investigated as a function of partner's and perceived reflected-appraisals, taking into account gender context effects. Sixty-four married couples completed the Caregiving and Breadwinning Ident...
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I developed and tested a training module composed of course materials and an examination to train students in an early childhood education program how to conduct a problem-based conference with parents. Students were taught specific strategies and techniques to use in the conference setting, and they completed a simulated parent-teacher conference...

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... Much has been written about the ethics of assigning authorship credit in the sciences and social sciences (see Maurer, 2017, for a review), and attempts have been made to fairly determine authorship order by (a) surveying past authors about their experiences (e.g., Wagner et al., 1994;Sandler and Russell, 2005;Moore and Griffin, 2006;Geelhoed et al., 2007), (b) assessing reactions to hypothetical authorship scenarios (e.g., Costa and Gatz, 1992;Bartle et al., 2000;Apgar and Congress, 2005), (c) proposing step-by-step decision-making models (Fine and Kurdek, 1993;Foster and Ray, 2012;Maurer, 2017), and (d) outlining quantitative systems that assign weighted points to tasks associated with publishing (e.g., Winston, 1985;Kosslyn, 2015). The consensus seems to be that writing the manuscript is either the most important factor in determining first authorship (e.g., Winston, 1985;Bartle et al., 2000;Apgar and Congress, 2005) or at least tied with idea origination as the most important factor (Wagner et al., 1994;Kosslyn, 2015). ...
... According to this concept, people differ from each other in terms of the social distances which separate them from institutions of power, other people, and other social groups. The notion of social distance is often used in works explaining phenomena related to resentment between groups, lack of respect, lack of cooperation and prejudice [21][22][23][24][25][26]. In the context of taxation, it is associated with a person's willingness to cooperate with their tax authority and the person's approval of the authority's activities or, in contrast, a person's unwillingness to participate in a tax system and react negatively to actions taken by their tax authority. ...
... The connection between student perception and performance has been thoroughly investigated in pedagogical literature. For example, some have investigated the connection between student performance and their perception of course resources such as study guides (Sturges et al., 2017) or teaching strategies such as group work (Knight, 2004), learning communities (Goodlad et al., 2018), and FC (Ziegelmeier & Topaz, 2015). Some have even compared student learning to the perception of learning itself (Deslauriers et al., 2019). ...
... In addition, the SoTL piece will be posted to my research gate account where it can be accessed by academics nationally and internationally without any restrictions. Since SoTL is mostly based on a specific context, it constantly requires capturing and reflections (Maurer & Law, 2016). Therefore, an appendix section will also be added, which will contain reflection, literature review on self-determination theory and interview questions used for data collection. ...
... Several previous studies explored the state of SoTL in different contexts: in academic disciplines like family science (Reinke et al., 2016) and psychology (Gurung et al., 2008); at the institution or country-wide professional associations levels . Gurung et al. (2008) examined the state of SoTL in psychology to ascertain the degree to which psychology departments and institutions enacted SoTL based on a sample of 142 participants. ...
... While long accepted as necessarily rigorous, formal scholarly ways of writing may be "inadequate to the task of conveying the complex, incomplete, and messy aspects of the work" of teaching and learning (Cook-Sather et al., 2019, p. 14;Maurer, 2017). The new Voices from the Field section provides what we consider a space of affective rigor, demanding high levels of attention, respect, and learning keyed not to a single, uniform, and often exclusionary standard but rather informed by recognition of a diversity of identities, positions, and perspectives. ...
... In the United States, the qualification of the ECEC teacher can be accomplished in universities and community colleges [20,21] in several programmes at associate [21], bachelor's and master's degree levels [22]. In the United States, the qualification for an ECEC teacher is not necessary when teaching children aged from birth to five years [23,24]. In this article, the term university, in the context of teacher education, refers to all units that offer EC teacher education programmes. ...
... 12−14 Otherwise, students could struggle with several further issues and may encounter difficulty in understanding content covered in advanced topics. 15,16 Despite the undeniable importance of chemical nomenclature, instructors have noticed that most students have the resilient picture that nomenclature rules are complicated, boring, difficult to learn, and unrelated to the world in which they live, and thus sometimes, those opinions repel learners from pursuing this task. 17−22 The matter is aggravated in organic chemistry, in which undergraduate students consider it as one of the most difficult branches in chemistry and especially when they strive to properly name the different varieties of compounds and functional groups. ...
... The momentum of the SoTL movement is somewhat thwarted by an internal turf battle over which discipline's methodology should take center stage (Chick, 2014). Some of the discussion in SoTL presentations and publications seems to imply that quantitative methodologies and the scientific method are the keys to producing quality SoTL work (Maurer, 2011). Addressing pressures by some SoTL researchers to use the scientific method, Grauerholz and Main (2013) discussed how the scientific method is not appropriate in every classroom context. ...
... In a study carried out by Basol and Balgalmis (2016), a moderately positive significant relationship was found between the number of online tests and self-regulation, which was considered as an indicator of attitude. Similarly, according to Maurer (2006), students who had more experience in online testing had a more positive attitude, which was also confirmed by the same researcher in a different study (Maurer & Longfield 2015). Therefore, it can be said that the teacher candidates, who were more experienced in online testing and assessment, adopted positive perceptions about the suitability, preference, and reliability of the system. ...