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Bisard, Walter J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes science activities which have been successful with nonscience majors. Each activity requires students to make observations, record the data gathered, interpret data, and prepare a written report. Subject areas include motion of stars, sunspots, lunar orbits, sunset points, meteor showers, and sun shadows. (JN)
Descriptors: Astronomy, College Science, Higher Education, Nonmajors
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Barnard, Sister Marquita – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Describes a two-semester course designed to meet the needs of future elementary teachers, home economists, and occupational therapists. Laboratory work includes homemade calorimeters, inclined planes, and computing. Content areas of the course include measurement, physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, and meteorology. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Oriented Programs, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Ward, Charlotte R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Describes a course taught at Auburn University (AL) for middle school students. Includes rationale for the course, instructional strategies used, comments on skill building, and descriptions of individual activity stations. Possible spin-offs from such a class which can improve science teaching in the public school classroom are also considered.…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Schlenker, Richard M.; Perry, Constance M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
The Mole Concept is a learning cycle (patterned after University of Nebraska-Lincoln's ADAPT model) for the chemical unit "mole." Discusses objectives and activities involved in each phase of the cycle: exploration, invention, and application. Indicates the cycle is superior to traditional lecture-demonstration for teaching the abstract mole…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Learning Processes
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Whisnant, David M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Three-phased learning cycles (exploration, invention, application) were introduced into general chemistry laboratories at Northland College (Wisconsin). Discusses each phase and its use in a learning cycle on the functional groups of organic compounds. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Learning Processes
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Myers, Richard L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Instructional strategies used in teaching oceanographic data collection techniques are discussed. These include having students examine actual data, plan and organize a research cruise on a specific budget, and analyze incomplete data sets. Rationale for using these strategies is included. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Data Analysis, Higher Education, Oceanography
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Gannon, John E.; Weber, Peter G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes studies at winter bird feeders which enhance instruction of ecology at the University of Michigan biological station. Background material is provided for field activities in which black-capped chickadees are observed and for home range determination and population estimate activities. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Ecology, Ethology, Higher Education
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Hill, Douglas M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Discusses the need for preservice elementary teachers to experience inquiry first-hand, suggesting that they engage in problem-solving rather than just "talking about" it. A typical teacher education program is described with suggestions to incorporate inquiry-oriented experiences. An inquiry-oriented activity using sand and funnels is included.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Higher Education, Inquiry, Methods Courses
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Kauffman, George – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Explains: (1) the "standard" atmospheric pressure demonstration using an empty duplicating fluid can and heated water; and (2) a variation of this demonstration using an aluminum soft drink can. (DH)
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Laboratory Procedures
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Bonnstetter, Ronald J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Outlines activities and goals of the Iowa Lakes Community College club, along with strategies for achieving these goals. Also discusses several benefits which result from club membership, including the development of problem-solving skills and involvement with successful club projects. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Community Colleges, Ecology, Environmental Education
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de Caprariis, Pascal P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Outlines an activity in which students clarify choices among personal and ecological values. Variables (including concerns of the natural environment and personal income) are rated from high to low within a total constraint set by the instructor. Uses of the activity in a college geology course for nonscience majors are discussed. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Ecology, Educational Games, Environmental Education
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Policoff, Ivan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Discussed is the use of volunteers to teach an astronomy laboratory course. Amateur astronomy groups were recruited to help teach this course. Advantages of using volunteers are listed. A list of student field experiences is included. (KR)
Descriptors: Astronomy, College Science, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development
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Trombulak, Steve; Sheldon, Sallie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes a study in which students were required to write for five minutes after class on topics that interested them during the lecture. Reports a significant effect on achievement in a vertebrate biology class. Notes that no difference in attitude was found. (MVL)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Content Area Writing, Journal Writing
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Lawrenz, Frances; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Described is the development of a course for future science teachers through the collaboration of middle school teachers, mathematicians, scientists, and science educators. The experience of the team approach and a field test of the resulting activities are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Cooperative Planning, Course Content, Course Descriptions
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Kenkel, John V. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Described is a survey of two-year chemical technology programs in the United States. The results of the survey are presented, and a set of recommendations for the improvement of chemical technology programs is presented. (CW)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Educational Improvement, Higher Education
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