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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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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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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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Rhodes, Gale; Schaible, Robert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes ways a teacher can depict science as a form of thinking that leads to a more consistent, coherent, and comprehensive picture of nature. Indicates that this approach to science can foster in students a better understanding of why scientific truth changes. (RT)
Descriptors: College Science, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1988
Explains the differences between successful and unsuccessful problem solvers' exploration of a problem, translation of information into different forms, approach to devising and executing a plan, and rechecking work. (RT)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Science, Concept Formation, Critical Thinking
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Rayner-Canham, Geoffrey; Layden, William – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes a science presentation which promotes various ways to improve laboratory safety. Recommendations for storing chemicals include: minimize the type and amount of stocked materials, purchase certain chemicals in small quantities, and use plastic embedments. Cites several books for reference. (RT)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Hazardous Materials, Laboratory Equipment
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Reviews a monograph which addresses children's higher-order thinking skills. Suggests the following for teaching problem solving: identify and develop content-independent and content-dependent problem-solving skills, connect developed skills through workshop-style activities to subject discipline, and help students identify and reconstruct their…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Explains the rationale, program specifics and initiatives for the preparation and development of staff, curriculum, instructional support, and research for science education in the United States. Includes total program cost for each. (RT)
Descriptors: College Science, Curriculum Development, Education Service Centers, Educational Research
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Considers research concentrating on the correlation between knowledge structure and learning. Suggests implications of this research to classroom teaching. Cites characteristics of unsuccessful and successful problem solvers. (RT)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, College Science, Decision Making Skills, Heuristics
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Moshman, David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Urges biology teachers to discuss creationism in classrooms, pointing out why it is not science. Indicates that such action would be farsighted recognition of and response to a genuine educational need in society. Topics addressed include scope of science education, the creation movement, censorship, and suggestions for implementing creationism in…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Creationism, Evolution
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DeLorenzo, Ronald – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Presents a simple, 10-item quiz designed to make students aware that they must learn laboratory safety. The items include questions on acid/base accidents, several types of fire extinguishers, and safety glassses. Answers and some explanations are included. (DH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, High Schools, Higher Education
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Rudolph, Sidney – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Telephone equipment and television monitors allow university faculty to provide high-quality physics courses for secondary students. Equipment, technology, and course format for this remote site instructional program are discussed. Results indicate differences in small versus large school, but participants believe the project offers a solution for…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Course Descriptions, High Schools
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Shakhashiri, Bassam Z. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes the priorities and programs supported by the new assistant director for science and engineering education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Collaboration among academic institutions and the private sector, teacher training efforts, and scientist/engineer professional involvement are stressed. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Trends, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Druger, Marvin; Borgstede, William R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Determined the possible long-term effects of a precollege Student Science Training Program (SSTP) conducted at Syracuse University from 1961 to 1974. Responses from completed questionnaires (N=114, representing a 33 percent response rate) were overwhelmingly enthusiastic and positive about SSTP. Includes actual student comments about SSTP and its…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Influences, Program Effectiveness, Science Careers
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Berkheimer, Glenn D.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
A Michigan State University committee examined major problems and issues confronting precollege science educators at national and state levels. A summary of these problems and issues is presented, along with specific recommendations for action in the state of Michigan. (JN)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, College Science, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Science
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