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Forbes, Cory T.; Brozovic, Nicholas; Franz, Trenton E.; Lally, Diane E.; Petitt, Destini N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The most challenging global problems of our age involve coupled human--environmental systems within the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The undergraduate students currently in our classrooms will be tomorrow's global citizens, each of whom must be prepared to understand and reason about these challenges and ultimately make decisions about them in a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Water, Literacy, Decision Making
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Johnson, Amy Flanagan; Graves, Chiron W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
This article details the aim, development, and implementation of the Chemistry-Genetics Course Collaborative (CGCC), a cotaught offering of a human genetics course with an honors introductory chemistry course. The CGCC was formed to fully integrate the two courses, along with the associated chemistry lab, to create an interdisciplinary scientific…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Genetics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Instruction
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Thompson, Meredith M.; Pastorino, Lucia; Lee, Star; Lipton, Paul – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Introductory science courses play a critical role in the recruitment and retention of undergraduate science majors. In particular, first-year courses are opportunities to engage students in scientific practices and motivate them to consider scientific careers. We developed an introductory course using a semester-long series of established…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence
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Colton, Jared Sterling; Surasinghe, Thilina Dilan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Writing has an important role in science education and practice. Emphasizing the interdisciplinary collaboration between English rhetoric studies and biology, seemingly disparate disciplines, we describe a model for a scientific writing and communication course. The goals of the course were to prepare students for science-oriented careers, as well…
Descriptors: English, Biology, Scientific Methodology, Technical Writing
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Lega, Joceline C.; Buxner, Sanlyn; Blonder, Benjamin; Tama, Florence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
We describe a third-year undergraduate course that focuses on multiscale modeling and protein folding and has as its primary goal the encouragement of students to integrate thinking across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. The ability to perform innovative and successful research work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Science Activities, Science Education, Undergraduate Students
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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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van Zee, Emily H.; Jansen, Henri; Winograd, Kenneth; Crowl, Michele; Devitt, Adam – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
We designed a physics course for prospective elementary and middle school teachers to foster aspects of scientific thinking recommended in reform documents. Because the elementary school curriculum focuses heavily on literacy, we also explicitly integrated physics and literacy learning in this course. By integrating physics and literacy learning,…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Education, Physics, Literacy Education
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Romesburg, H. Charles – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
A course is described that prepares graduate students in the sciences to publish research, grounding them in the processes of academic publishing and encouraging them to publish their research in a timely fashion. This article addresses some key questions about the course: What previously unmet need does it meet? What subjects does it cover? How…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Science Education, Student Publications, Writing for Publication
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Murphy, Tony P.; Mancini-Samuelson, Gina J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
A collaborative of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and education faculty developed a STEM certificate aimed at elementary education majors. A four-phase process model was used to create and evaluate courses. The certificate is comprised of three interdisciplinary, team-taught, lab-based courses: Environmental Biology,…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Education Majors, STEM Education, Competency Based Teacher Education
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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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Ludwig, Matthew A.; Bentz, Amy E.; Fynewever, Herb – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
In this article, the authors describe how a syllabus can be used to set the stage for effective use of assessment-for-learning principles. Nearly all college instructors use a syllabus, but this document typically dwells on logistics and evaluation. Research has suggested that courses should go beyond evaluation to include aspects of assessment…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Course Descriptions, Evaluation, Higher Education
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Labianca, Dominick A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
This article describes an approach to minimizing the "fear factor" in a chemistry course for the nonscience major, and also addresses relevant applications to other science courses, including biology, geology, and physics. The approach emphasizes forensic science and affords students the opportunity to hone their analytical skills in an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Geology, Fear
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Baumgartner, Erin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
Although the majority of the teaching faculty at U.S. universities is composed of people who are scientific experts, research has found that most scientists do not have information about effective teaching methods (DeHaan 2005). Traditional lecture-style college science teaching does not reflect knowledge about best teaching practices based upon…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Graduate Students
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Eves, Robert L.; Davis, Larry E.; Brown, D. Gordon; Lamberts, William L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
According to Carl Sagan (1987), "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." Field studies and undergraduate research provide students with the best opportunities for "thinking" about science, while at the same time acquiring a body of knowledge. Natural History of Tropical Carbonate Ecosystems is a…
Descriptors: Field Studies, Ecology, Biology, Geology
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