Improving Class Contribution: Annie’s Low Score
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A business student received a low rating on class contribution from her leadership professor. She struggled to understand how this low rating happened, as she thought she had contributed in every class. She then lost the motivation to participate in class discussions, but considered developing a plan of action to address the problem. What strategies would help her to increase her contributions in class and improve her grades?
This case can be used in undergraduate or graduate courses, especially those that expect students to contribute significantly to discussions during class. The focus on maximizing contribution is applicable to any course topic. Students will have an opportunity to:
- consider Vroom's Expectancy Theory in an effort to develop a deeper understanding of the processes underlying motivation;
- evaluate contextual and personal factors that may influence how a student's class contribution is evaluated; and
- examine a comprehensive group of strategies that students can use to increase and improve their contributions to discussions in a classroom setting.
Canada, Medium, 2017
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