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Baze, Christina L.; Gray, Ron – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Inquiry methods have been successful in improving science literacy in students of all ages. Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) is an instructional model that engages students in the practices of science through the collaborative development of scientific models to explain an anchoring phenomenon. Student ideas are tested through engagement in content-rich…
Descriptors: Models, Inquiry, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Keller, Charles; Hendrix, Tonya; Xu, Na; Porter-Morgan, Holly; Brashears, Allie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A variety of factors contribute to attrition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the community college level including underpreparedness, lack of confidence, and broader socioeconomic issues. This work describes our efforts to improve student learning and overall success in a community college General Biology I…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Laboratory Equipment, Intervention
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Tuthill, Matthew C.; Berestecky, John M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Studies consistently indicate that engaging students in research is successful in improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) retention and graduation rates. Given that nearly half of all U.S. students are enrolled in community colleges, and that 70% of those enrolled are either women or underrepresented ethnicities, these campuses…
Descriptors: Student Research, Undergraduate Study, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Keller, Charles – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Community colleges serve the noble mission of making higher education accessible to a broader spectrum of society than traditional 4-year institutions. A side effect of this broad access is a lower level of student preparedness for success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. This work describes our efforts to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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Gonzalez, Beatriz – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The author discusses an Introduction to Biology course they created. The course was designed by following the recommendations from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report, which stresses the need for engaging students through hands-on and student-centered activities. In the course, students perform…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Online Courses
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Tanski, Anne E.; Bobick, Sandra; Mosley-Turner, Katherine; Garofalo, Giovanni – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Given biotechnology's emergence as a major competitor in the Pittsburgh region, critically linking education to industry through the Community College of Allegheny County's Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative (BWC) provided a well-trained workforce. The collaborative also sought to increase the number of women in the sciences, specifically…
Descriptors: Social Work, Caseworkers, Counselor Role, Cohort Analysis
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Langley, William – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
An individual faculty can mentor students doing undergraduate research. Such an endeavor represents a substantial commitment of time and effort on the part of the faculty who would like to mentor a substantial number of students, want to use time and materials as efficiently as possible, and want the students and the program to receive…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Two Year Colleges, Student Research, Mentors
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Leggett-Robinson, Pamela M.; Villa, Brandi C.; Mooring, Suazette Reid – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article describes the implementation of an innovative undergraduate research model for students attending a two-year institution. It gives students an opportunity to engage in undergraduate research at nearby four-year institutions, which provides a foundation that allows them to successfully make the transition to STEM programs at the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Scharmann, Lawrence C.; Butler, Wilbert, Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Journal writing was introduced as a means to assess student learning and acceptance of evolutionary science in a nonmajors' biology course taught at a community college. Fourteen weeks of instruction were performed, each initiated by student-centered, in-class activities and culminated by a discussion, to elucidate tentative conclusions based on…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Teaching Methods, College Science, Science Achievement
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Lysne, Steven; Miller, Brant – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The purpose of this article is to describe a model for teaching introductory biology coursework within the Vision and Change framework (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011). The intent of the new model is to transform instruction by adopting an active, student-centered, and inquiry-based pedagogy consistent with Vision and…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Science Instruction
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Wolfe, Benjamin A.; Martin, Todd C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Interdisciplinary field study courses at 2-year colleges can provide an opportunity to enhance student learning. The authors present here an 11-day interdisciplinary field-study course designed for nonscience majors at a 2-year college. Using a theoretical learning framework that emphasizes cognitive and metacognitive gains, the field study…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Two Year Colleges, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design
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LoPresto, Michael C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
An investigation of the possibility of life in the universe, or astrobiology, is an ideal topic for an interdisciplinary seminar course. Answering the topic's inherent questions--whether life exists elsewhere in the universe and, if it does indeed exist, whether we on Earth could contact such life--requires an interdisciplinary approach and…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction
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Carey, Gale – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Metabolism is a dynamic, simultaneous, and integrative science that cuts across nutrition, biochemistry, and physiology. Teaching this science can be a challenge. The use of a scenario-based, visually appealing, interactive, computer-animated CD may overcome the limitations of learning "one pathway at a time" and engage two- and…
Descriptors: Metabolism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Nutrition, Biochemistry
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Deutch, Charles E.; Jurutka, Peter W.; Marshall, Pamela A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
The authors teach upper-level science courses in cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry at a public, four-year "community university" that serves a demographically diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students. In this article, they describe some of the issues they have found to be particularly significant at their "community…
Descriptors: Textbook Selection, Course Content, Computer Software, Science Instruction
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Varelas, Maria; Plotnick, Roy; Wink, Donald; Fan, Qian; Harris, Yvonne – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
An interdisciplinary team of science and education faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and several Chicago-area community colleges developed and implemented a series of four integrated, inquiry-based science courses for preservice elementary school teachers. All four courses are based on guiding principles taken from the rich…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Education Majors, Curriculum Development, Preservice Teacher Education
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