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A lot of good research has been done on participation in college classrooms. Here are some key findings and references that provide excellent background and reasons why working to get more students participating is so important. Reference: Nunn, C. E. “Discussion in the College Classroom: Triangulating Observational and Survey Results.” Journal of Higher Education, 1996, 67 (3), 243-266. Reference: Howard, J. R., Short, L. B., and Clark, S. M. “Students’ Participation in the Mixed Age Classroom.” Teaching Sociology, 1996, 24 (1), 8-24. Reference: Fassinger, P. A. “Understanding Classroom Interaction: Students’ and Professors’ Contributions to Students’ Silence.” Journal of Higher Education, 1995, 66 (1), 82-96. Reference: Weaver, R. R. and Qi, Jiang. “Classroom Organization and Participation.” Journal of Higher Education, 2005, 76 (5), 570-600. Reference: Fritschner, L. M. “Inside the Undergraduate College Classroom: Faculty and Students Differ on the Meaning of Student Participation.” Journal of Higher Education, 2000, 71 (3), 342-362. Reference: Howard, J. R. and Henney, A. C. “Student Participation and Instructor Gender in Mixed Age Classrooms.” Journal of Higher Education, 1998, 69 (4), 384-405. Reference: Howard, J. R. and Baird, R. “The Consolidation of Responsibility and Students’ Definitions of Situation in the Mixed Age College Classroom.” Journal of Higher Education, 2000, 71 (6), 700-721. Reference: Howard, J. R., James, G. H., and Taylor, D. R. “The Consolidation of Responsibility in the Mixed Age Classroom.” Teaching Sociology, 2002, 30, 214-234

Excerpted from "How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?" Magna Publications, 2009.