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ERIC Number: ED496424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 120
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-9-780-8735-5245-5
Teaching Tips Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction
Druger, Marvin; Crow, Linda
National Science Teachers Association (NJ3)
Like a spirited idea exchange among experienced professors, "Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction" brings the best thinking from campuses nationwide about how to engage undergraduate science students. Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), "Tips" is a quick-read compilation of more than 50 innovative approaches that SCST members have found especially effective. The book is organized into three parts: (1) Pedagogical Practices includes using instant messaging as an involvement tool, encouraging active learning in large classes, and using "peer coercion" to stimulate teamwork; (2) Assessment Activities covers pretests and post-tests to encourage more effective learning, Web-based warm-up exercises to assess student misconceptions, and poetry-writing exercises to encourage creative thinking in the sciences: and (3) Content Challenges offers approaches to teaching specific topics from calculations and conversions to conceptual physics, and ways to encourage active learning (using a portfolio approach, games like bingo and Jeopardy, substances like Jell-O, and even student-drawn comic strips). Most of the ideas in the book are applicable across the sciences. Because the tips are only 500 to 700 words each, all contributors have provided contact information so teachers can learn more by e-mailing them directly.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A