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Dark, Marta L.; Hylton, Derrick J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article describes a general education course offering, Physics and the Arts. During the development of this course, physics and arts faculty collaborated closely. We cover the usual physics phenomena for such a course--light, color, and sound--in addition to gravity, equilibrium, and spacetime. Goals of the course are to increase students'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Art Education, General Education
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Mineweaser, Lindsey; Accetta, Danielle; Noonan, Dalton – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" explicitly endorse argumentation as essential practices for K-12 science classrooms because it can concurrently engage the learners in the coordination of conceptual, epistemic, and social goals. It is important to develop students' capacities to interpret information and data to reasonable…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Inquiry, Science Activities
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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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Hanson, Pamela K.; Stultz, Laura – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Many science educators know of the pedagogical benefits of inquiry- and research-based labs, yet numerous barriers to implementation exist. In this article we describe a faculty development workshop that explored interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations as potential mechanisms for overcoming barriers to curricular innovation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Science, Science Instruction, Workshops
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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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Miele, Eleanor – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
The Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST) is a tool to assess stereotypical imagery of scientists. This paper describes the use of the DAST as both a model for inquiry and as a method of assessing the affective domain. The DAST was administered in a science education methods course for undergraduate students of elementary education, a methods course for…
Descriptors: Scientists, Social Attitudes, Stereotypes, Science Instruction
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
To supplement the summer reading of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members, the NSTA Committee on Research in Science Education suggested a list of science education research articles that were published in the journals of NSTA's affiliates in 2012. These articles covered a variety of topics that include learning about…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Science Teachers
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Song, Youngjin; Schwenz, Richard – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article describes an inquiry-based lesson to deepen preservice teachers' understanding of the spherical Earth model using the Global Positioning System. The lesson was designed with four learning goals: (1) to increase preservice teachers' conceptual knowledge of the spherical Earth model; (2) to develop preservice teachers'…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Scientific Concepts, Geographic Information Systems, Preservice Teachers
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Zhao, Ningfeng; Witzig, Stephen B.; Weaver, Jan C.; Adams, John E.; Schmidt, Frank – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Two Summer Institutes funded by the National Science Foundation were held for current and future college science faculty. The overall goal was to promote learning and practice of inquiry-based college science teaching. We developed a collaborative and active learning format for participants that involved all phases of the 5E learning cycle of…
Descriptors: Science Education, College Science, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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Meyer, Daniel Z.; Meyer, Allison Antink – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
The incorporation of scientific inquiry into college classrooms has steadily risen as faculty work to move away from exclusively didactic methods. One type of inquiry structure, the design task, produces a product rather than simply a conclusion. This offers students a context to apply their understanding of content in a tangible way that has…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Students, Task Analysis
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Walker, Joi Phelps; Sampson, Victor; Grooms, Jonathon; Anderson, Brittany; Zimmerman, Carol O. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
This article describes a new instructional model called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI). This model is designed to promote student engagement in processes of investigation design and scientific argumentation. In this study, the ADI instructional model is compared with a more traditional approach to instruction across 16 laboratory sections of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence, Chemistry, Teaching Methods
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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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Aurentz, David J.; Kerns, Stefanie L.; Shibley, Lisa R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, namely nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, early in the college curriculum was provided to undergraduate students in an effort to improve student perceptions of science. Proton NMR spectroscopy was introduced as part of an aspirin synthesis in a guided-inquiry approach to spectral…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Spectroscopy, Scientific Concepts
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Gormally, Cara; Brickman, Peggy; Hallar, Brittan; Armstrong, Norris – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Inquiry-based instruction is widely promoted to increase both students' conceptual understanding and their engagement in course content. What this means for day-to-day practices in the classroom is more elusive. Instructors adopting inquiry-based curricula often are unaware of the typical instructional challenges they may face. In particular,…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Course Content, Science Laboratories, Biology
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Ledley, Fred; Ndung'u, Eric – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
The genome projects of the past decades have created extensive databases of biological information with applications in both research and education. We describe an inquiry-based exercise that uses one such database, the National Center for Biotechnology Information Influenza Virus Resource, to advance learning about influenza. This database…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Inquiry, Microbiology, Active Learning
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