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Flannery, Maura C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Offers perspectives on approaching and teaching a biology course for nonmajors. Proposes that teaching less may better prepare students to become more scientifically literate. Identifies areas and priorities that may effectively contribute to students' understanding of science. (JM)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Mantei, Erwin J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Explains how self-produced software can be used to perform rapid number analysis or number-crunching duties in geology classes. Reviews programs in mineralogy and petrology and identifies areas in geology where computers can be used effectively. Discusses the advantages and benefits of integrating department-generated software into a geology…
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Courseware
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Volker, Eugene J.; Eldridge, David C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes the goals, procedures, and activities of a Computers in Chemistry course for undergraduate chemistry majors. Provides a listing of topics which have user-friendly programs and of representative activities which have been incorporated into the course. Also includes suggestions for student assignments. (ML)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Content
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Rhyne, Pamela J.; Golden, Ben R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Offers examples of activities and practical ideas for the instruction of process skills in a laboratory setting. Includes suggestions for the processes of observing, comparing, inferring, collecting data, organizing data, interpreting results, identifying variables, formulating hypotheses, experimenting, predicting, and model building. (ML)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Higher Education, Process Education
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Larson, James H. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes an exercise which focuses on the ethical and human aspects of science. Outlines the approach and components of a writing assignment based on a literary and humanistic analysis of "The Double Helix" by James Watson. Provides sample questions and examples of integrative literary works. (ML)
Descriptors: Bioethics, College Science, Course Descriptions, Creativity
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Weymouth, Patricia P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes an activity which introduces students to the nature and challenges of paleoanthropology. In the exercise, students identify diagrammed bones and make interpretations about the creature. Presents questions and tasks employed in the lesson. (ML)
Descriptors: Anthropology, College Science, Higher Education, Paleontology
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Feder, Kenneth L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Focuses on pseudoscience by: (1) discussing sources of misinformation; (2) presenting results of a survey on students' (N=186) comprehension of scientific topics; (3) discussing implications of these results for science educators; and (4) considering the scientific creationism movement. (JN)
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Science, Comprehension, Creationism
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Barrow, Lloyd H.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Discusses how college science faculty members can play a leading role in relieving student science anxiety. Emphasis on the role of University College (University of Maine at Orono) mathematics/science laboratories which allow students to "drop in" for assistance with specific skills. (JN)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Clinics, College Faculty, College Science
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Discusses activities involved in a six-hour workshop program on creativity. Also describes: (1) sources of background information on creativity; (2) ways to evaluate skills in creativity; (3) articles and ideas on creativity and problem-solving, including predictors of problem-solving success; and (4) how to find time to teach problem-solving. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Creativity, Higher Education, Problem Solving
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Schlenker, Richard M.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Tips on lesson planning for college teachers are offered. A sample lesson plan cover sheet and sample lesson plan are included. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Lecture Method, Lesson Plans
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Webb, Michael J.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Discusses the rationale for and use of minilabs (requiring from 15 to 90 minutes to complete) for freshmen chemistry experiments. Provides several examples, advantages for students and instructors, and results of a questionnaire evaluation completed by 83 students. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Laboratory Procedures
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Hoff, Darrel; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes a seminar which was used to generate interest in science teaching as a career. The seminar (taught one week for a semester) includes lectures, discussions, and various types of activities. (JN)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, College Science, Higher Education, Science Education
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Dubowsky, Nathan; Hartman, Elliott M., Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Immediately following a lecture discussion on early hominid characteristics and behavior, students participate in a laboratory study of bipedal locomotion based on an analysis of footprints. The development and use of this simulation are described. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Evolution, Higher Education, Science Education
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes various resources for teaching problem-solving. They include: (1) several books with a problem-solving emphasis; (2) a workshop focusing on the attitudinal components of thinking and problem-solving; and (3) a summary of a study dealing with problem-solving in the context of high school physics. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Books, College Science, High Schools
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Meisenheimer, John L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes a microcomputer program (written for the Apple II+) which can serve as a lecture demonstration aid in explaining genetic transcription and translation. The program provides unemotional information on student errors, thus serving as a review drill to supplement the classroom. Student participation and instructor options are discussed. (DH)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software
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