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Whitenack, Lisa B.; Drew, Joshua A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Given the importance of phylogenetic trees to understanding common ancestry and evolution, they are a necessary part of the undergraduate biology curriculum. However, a number of common misconceptions, such as reading across branch tips and understanding homoplasy, can pose difficulties in student understanding. Students also may take phylogenetic…
Descriptors: Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology, Biology
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Hivner, Elizabeth; Hoke, Alicia; Francis, Erica; Ricci, Tiffany; Zurlo, Claire; Kraschnewski, Jennifer – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2019
Although research suggests various effective interventions to curb obesity, there remains a gap between current evidence and sustainable practice in schools and communities. School settings present a logical platform for this work, since children spend much of their time in school. This article describes the Building Healthy Schools Program, a…
Descriptors: Obesity, School Role, Partnerships in Education, Physical Activity Level
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Campbell, Jacqueline M.; Malcos, Jennelle L.; Bortiatynski, Jacqueline M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Learning assistant (LA) programs have become increasingly popular at large universities striving to promote student engagement in the classroom. The LA program at the Pennsylvania State University was initiated in 2012 and has rapidly grown to over 500 LA positions per year. The purpose of this study was to gather LA and faculty member perceptions…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Educational Improvement, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education
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Zaheer, Imad; Maggin, Daniel; McDaniel, Sara; McIntosh, Kent; Rodriguez, Billie Jo; Fogt, Julie B. – Behavioral Disorders, 2019
Students with or at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders pose an immense challenge for educators, and typical practices to address them are punitive and exclusionary, leading to poor academic and social outcomes for students. To address the complex needs of students with intensive emotional and behavioral needs, evidence-based practices and…
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Practices
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Berger, Aaron; Kelsey, Timothy W.; Goetz, Stephan J.; Goodling, Robert C., Jr.; Ishler, Virginia A. – Journal of Extension, 2019
Dairy-related Extension programming is important in many states, but the economic impact of such programming has received little attention. We examined the impact of Know Your Numbers, an educational program offered by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team. Using follow-up evaluation data and the economic impact tool IMPLAN, we estimated that the…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Effectiveness, Economic Impact, Agricultural Education
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Hershberg, Rachel M.; Johnson, Sara K. – Developmental Psychology, 2019
An intersectional approach to human development emphasizes the multiple social categories individuals occupy, some of which confer privilege (e.g., being White) and some of which confer marginalization (e.g., being poor). This approach is needed especially in critical consciousness scholarship, and particularly in regard to understanding whether…
Descriptors: Whites, Low Income, Working Class, Trade and Industrial Education
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Raish, Victoria; Behler, Anne – Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 2019
Library orientations are a very common learning experience for residential and online students. These all have similar goals of introducing students to the library and helping them feel more comfortable in navigating the library. The Library Connection is a unique type of library orientation that provides meaningful feedback to students in a…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Students, Library Services, Online Courses
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Qayyum, Adnan; Zipf, Sarah; Gungor, Ramazan; Dillon, Janet May – Distance Education, 2019
Distance education has historically had lower completion rates. Several models of persistence, for on-campus students, indicate that students' financial status affects their decision to persist. This study involved providing distance education students' financial aid in the form of institutional scholarships (N = 545) at Penn State University in…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Academic Persistence, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Alqurashi, Emtinan – Distance Education, 2019
Student satisfaction is used as one of the key elements to evaluate online courses, while perceived learning is considered as an indicator of learning. This study aimed to explore how online learning self-efficacy (OLSE), learner--content interaction (LCI), learner--instructor interaction (LII), and learner--learner interaction (LLI) can predict…
Descriptors: Student Satisfaction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Self Efficacy
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Sibley, Stephanie; Sauers, Lindsay; Daltry, Rachel – Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 2019
When determining how best to help reduce the distress that exists among today's college students, it is believed that proactive, on-campus programming is a beneficial supplement to on-campus resources that are often utilized after concerns already exist. Helping students develop resiliency skills is one proactive measure that is believed to…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Guidance Centers, College Students, Resilience (Psychology)
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Bridger, Amy E.; Ford, Ralph M. – New Directions for Higher Education, 2019
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, supports its undergraduate education experience with the transformative Open Lab Model. The Open Lab seeks to embrace the university-industry partnership as a means for economic and workforce development.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Undergraduate Study, School Business Relationship
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Miller, Maryellen B. – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2019
Sexually active college students in the United States have alarming rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Varying degrees of sexual health knowledge and attitudes among college students are an outcome of sexuality education in the K-12 school systems with abstinence-only or comprehensive focus. Community college…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Sexuality, Sex Education
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Piergiovanni, Polly R.; Goundie, David A. – Chemical Engineering Education, 2019
Chemical engineering is a challenging field to explain to first-year students. Food production processes are a safe and accessible way to introduce the students to basic engineering concepts. Modernist cuisine -- using scientific methods and engineering techniques to enhance classical cooking -- was used as a hook to capture the attention of…
Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, College Science, Food, Scientific Concepts
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McDonald, Scott; Bateman, Kathryn; Gall, Helen; Tanis-Ozcelik, Arzu; Webb, Aubree; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Plate tectonics is the organizing paradigm of geosciences, but it is also conceptually complex, and students often struggle with developing a system level understanding of the earth. This article reports on research designed to create a characterization of the different levels of sophistication around plate tectonics in the form of a learning…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Earth Science, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Furda, Mark; Shuleski, Michael – Excellence in Education Journal, 2019
As a result of budget cuts, accessibility to school extracurricular activities has been hindered. Students in one high school were classified as participants in extracurricular activities or nonparticipants. The groups were surveyed about perceptions of school; student grade point averages were obtained. Four independent samples t-tests were…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Extracurricular Activities, Academic Achievement, School Attitudes
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