March 14, 2008
Research Yields Tips on Crafting Better Syllabi
Many professors don't give much thought to what students take away from their syllabi. If that's the case, you may want to borrow a page or two from a few researchers who have formally pondered the question:
Watch Your Language
How you frame assignments and requirements on your syllabus can make a world of difference in how students perceive you, says John T. Ishiyama, a professor of political science at Truman State University.
In 2000, Mr. Ishiyama and Stephen Hartlaub,