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Stannard, Carl R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes general interest courses in physics, discussing enrollment patterns, philosophy and structure of the course, course goals, teaching methods, and student performance. Includes an outline of the laboratory syllabus for the course dealing with physics and the automobile. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Higher Education
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Fisher, Kathleen M.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
A variety of problems, ranging from vocabulary to pre-existing belief structures, prevent efficient learning among biology students. Several of these problems are discussed, with implications for teaching college level biology addressed. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Concept Formation, Higher Education
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Cliburn, Joseph W., Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Shows how a simple diagram of instructional concepts (concept map) can help the teacher to organize class material and reduce the likelihood of rote memorization. The example provided is used for sequencing of instruction for a unit on the nervous system. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Concept Teaching, Higher Education
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Callaghan, Patricia M.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
The use of Beilstein ("Handbuch der Organischen Chemie") in the early stages of a second-year, one semester course in organic chemistry is described. Student literature projects, evaluation, use of ancillary literature, and a sample search are included. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemical Nomenclature, College Science, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Wheatley, Jack – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
The case study technique allows students to understand the social impact of science-related decisions; it lets them experience historic events as recorded when they occurred. Presented are tips for developing case studies as well as two examples suitable for use in college science classrooms. (JN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Science, Higher Education, Science Education
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Hoffmaster, Steven – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
By using pseudoscientific examples to show what science is not, instructors can generate a healthy skepticism in students while making them understand how science applies to their daily lives. A course incorporating such pseudoscientific examples (including extra-sensory perception -- ESP) is described. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Higher Education, Science Education
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Moench, Thomas T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes use of the Participative Learning System (PLS) in college teaching. The PLS, a highly simplified modification of Hill's discussion technique, significantly enhances learning, as students spend considerable time using and developing synthetical and evaluative skills. PLS is adaptable and can be effective with or without participation of…
Descriptors: College Science, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Science Education
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Flaspohler, Ronald J.; Swords, Michael D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Student interest was stimulated and critical thinking skills developed through an "Issues in Social Biology" course which include several topics in genetics. Judicious selection of topics, course format, and ordering of subjects are discussed, along with suggestions for course improvement development. (DH)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking
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Cocanour, Barbara; Bruce, Alease S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Shows how the natural membrane of a decalcified chicken egg can demonstrate the principle of osmosis within a single class period. Various glucose and saline solutions used, periods of time, physiological effects experiments, and correction for differences in initial weights are noted. (DH)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Demonstrations (Educational), Diffusion (Physics)
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Brooks, Austin; Kahle, Jane Butler – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Discusses the experiences and activities of a six-person team of science educators during their six-week stay in Thailand. Also considers the cultural adjustment, sightseeing excursions, teacher education in Thailand, travel preparations, and other topics. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary School Science, International Educational Exchange, Science Curriculum
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Kauffman, George B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Part I (SE 537 587) briefly reviewed the scientific discoveries underlying the atomic bomb and its technological development. This part examines the implications of these events for science education. Areas considered include the nuclear arms race, nuclear winter, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and others. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Disarmament, Higher Education, Nuclear Energy
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Gregory, Eileen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1992
Discusses the purpose, the rationale, and an evaluation of students' comments concerning an introductory college science course for nonscience majors that utilizes content area reading and writing to instill an appreciation for the everyday importance of science by focusing on the theme of science in the news, particularly as reported in the print…
Descriptors: College Science, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Course Descriptions
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Reported are highlights of a workshop related to the geosciences sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Discussions include recommendations for the NSF's undergraduate education programs including support for individual students, laboratory activities, faculty enhancement, curriculum, courses, and underrepresented groups. Precollege…
Descriptors: College Science, Disabilities, Earth Science, Educational Improvement
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1987
Discusses the results of a study on the limitations of short-term memory in terms of its implications for the teaching of chemistry and problem-solving skills. Also includes a description of the Saskatchewan life skills program for disadvantaged adults for coping with change. (ML)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Adult Education, Chemistry, Coping
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McCurdy, Donald W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Conclusions from Project Synthesis (analysis of National Science Foundation programs of 1960-70s and results of three National Assessment of Educational Progress data) are presented. Implications for college science teaching include the need for high motivation materials for nonscience majors, government support for inservice training and…
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Government Role
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