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Ault, Charles R., Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Concept mapping leads students away from rote learning and toward true understanding of concepts and their relationships. Several sample and student maps on earth science topics are presented and discussed. Applications for science instructors, students, researchers, and teacher educators are also considered. (DH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, College Science, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Presents: (1) a list of ideas for teaching problem-solving; (2) a review of a problem-solving book used in medical education; and (3) a discussion of an approach called problem-based learning. (DH)
Descriptors: Books, College Science, Higher Education, Learning Strategies
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Thompson, W. J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes a course (Introduction to Numerical Techniques of Physics) which can be adapted to such courses as applied mathematics, numerical analysis, mechanical or electrical engineering, chemistry, and biomathematics. Course goals (including emphasis on the distinction between computing, programming and coding) and instructional strategies are…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Science, Computer Science Education, Course Descriptions
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes the nature and use of a "strategy", an organized approach that breaks down the overall mental task of problem-solving into stages, providing details of the McMaster Six-Step Strategy. Also provides instructions for working through a Whimby pair series of problems and the Schoenfeld management approach. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Problem Solving
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Bouthyette, Pierre-Yves – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1992
This article highlights the structure of a college horticulture course designed for students with nonscience majors. With an underlying emphasis that science is the manifestation of a basic human need to explain, the course outline illustrates the primary goal of developing and maintaining students' motivation for learning contemporary scientific…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Environmental Education, Higher Education
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Moore, John A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Presents the background and rationale for the Science as a Way of Knowing Project. Also offers suggestions for incorporating the teaching of science as a way of knowing into science classes in general and in the teaching of evolution in college courses in particular. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Evolution, Higher Education
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Coad, Peter; Coad, Raylene – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Suggests that a literature survey can alert students to real-life ethical problems surrounding many organic compounds. Topic areas students could explore include: hazards in the workplace, toxic chemicals, and nerve gas structures. Background information and an extensive bibliography are given. (DH)
Descriptors: Bioethics, College Science, Ethics, Hazardous Materials
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Jungerman, Nancy K.; Jungerman, John A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Outlines a course (offered jointly by physics and applied science departments) which focuses on basic physics and nuclear war effects. Due to the emotional impact of issues discussed in the course, faculty implemented a plan which included the use of counseling professionals. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Scott, Roger L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Suggests using the planetarium as an educational resource for all ages. Discusses various planetarium teaching techniques and planetarium programs (with objectives) at Ball State University. They include programs for school children, college students, and the general public. (DH)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Planetariums
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Lord, Thomas R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
The visuo-spatial centers of the right brain are crucial to being able to problem solve or conceptualize (two abilities necessary for success in understanding science). Yet, current educational format is almost exclusively a left-brain undertaking. Reasons why educators should emphasize right-brain understanding in educational curricula at all…
Descriptors: Cerebral Dominance, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Harpp, David N.; Butler, Ian S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
As an alternative to traditional science projects, students in introductory organic and inorganic chemistry were given the opportunity to produce an "audiovisual" term paper. Rationale for the project, responses from student self-evaluation questionnaires, and comments on implementing the project (including cost and time factors) are…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education
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Goldberg, Fred M.; Shuman, James C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Compared the effectiveness of using guided-design or traditional approaches to study the energy problem in America. Examined to what extent students: (1) actually learned material; (2) perceived they learned the material; and (3) became more involved in discussing and considering solutions to energy problems. Includes course and guided-design…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Science, Conventional Instruction, Energy
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Woods, D. R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Four papers are reviewed. They include a description of how instructional modules and small group problem-solving (PS) in a second-year plant anatomy course produced excellent PS skills and various ideas on PS in the context of chemistry. Also reviews guided-design as a strategy to help develop PS skills. (JN)
Descriptors: Botany, Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education
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Bernstein, Stanley – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes a course which examines the history and philosophy of the relationship between science and society and applies these concepts to such current issues as sociobiology. Includes course outline, instructional strategies, and bibliography of pertinent books, papers, and lecture notes. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Science Curriculum
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Grove, Jim – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Recounts experiences of an environmental biology class, highlighting the eight-day field trip that is the culmination of the course. Describes activities during the bus trip, a two-day canoe trip, and field work at the Ozark Underground Laboratory and Blanchard Springs Caverns. Also discusses the field journal and final examination. (JM)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Ecology, Environmental Education
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