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Davis, Kathleen S.; Snyder, Will – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Today, science teachers continue to seek ways to improve their instruction and become credentialed as "highly qualified" in their field. This paper describes how science and science education faculty at the University of Massachusetts and veteran K-12 science teachers, with funding from the National Science Foundation, designed Science…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Credentials, Science Education, Online Courses
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Nava-Whitehead, Susan M.; Augusto, Kerri W.; Gow, Joan-Beth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. In this month's issue the authors describe an interdisciplinary approach to case study teaching that addresses the demand to balance the goals of process and content. The case study, Salem's Secrets…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods
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Biehle, James T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
College and university science programs generate hazardous waste that must be dealt with and disposed of in accordance with state and federal regulations. During a recent renovation and addition project for the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburg), the author was contracted to analyze existing regulations, research best…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, College Science, Science Programs, Wastes
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Wenk, Laura; Tronsky, Loel – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Primary research articles discuss aspects of scientific inquiry that are important in understanding the nature of science. Yet, most introductory science courses use textbooks that ignore the scientific process; opportunities for explicit discussion of the nature of science are lost. In Hampshire College's science program, students read current…
Descriptors: Research Design, College Science, Textbooks, Science Programs
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Kuldell, Natalie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2003
During three series of molecular genetics experiments, our students engage in ungraded discussions of research articles related to their experiments. The research articles are selected less for their relevance to students' laboratory experience than for their focus on experimental design and the clarity of data presentation. By discussing these…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientists, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Yuretich, Richard F. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2003
Active learning promotes higher-level reasoning, and it can be achieved in large classes without wholesale changes in class format. Applicable methods include in-class mini-investigations, robust multiple-choice exam questions, online quizzes or review, and cooperative learning, particularly during exams. Data gleaned from observing student…
Descriptors: Investigations, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Tests