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Marcus, Jeffrey M.; Hughes, Tia M.; McElroy, Douglas M.; Wyatt, Robert E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
To improve retention and engagement, first-year college science majors enrolled in University Experience orientation courses participated in a hands-on laboratory research experience: a DNA barcoding project to facilitate species identification. Students collected arthropods and hypothesized morphology-based species identifications. Then they…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Identification
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Roecker, Lee; Baltisberger, Jay; Saderholm, Matthew; Smithson, Paul; Blair, Larry – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
The use of portfolios has had a positive impact on students, faculty, and the program in the Chemistry Department at Berea College. The portfolio allows for the inclusion in the curriculum of activities that occur outside of the classroom and offers a convenient means to monitor student participation in those activities. In addition to guiding…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Portfolio Assessment, Student Evaluation, Chemistry
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Marcus, Jeffrey – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005
It is not always easy for a teacher to relate to his or her students. To communicate with students, it is important for a teacher to relate the subject that he or she is trying to teach is something that the students know, or at least to something that the students care about. In this article, the author, a genetics teacher, relates how he used…
Descriptors: Cancer, Genetics, Entomology, Teaching Styles