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Ruder, Suzanne M.; Stanford, Courtney; Gandhi, Anand – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Active learning classrooms provide an ideal opportunity to develop key workplace skills such as teamwork, information processing, critical thinking, and problem solving. Although many active learning pedagogies implicitly support student development of these skills, the role of the instructor in explicitly prompting and assessing these skills in…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), STEM Education, Job Skills, Active Learning
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Phillips, Jeffrey A.; Clemmer, Katharine W.; McCallum, Jeremy E. B.; Zachariah, Thomas M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Well-developed, problem-solving skills are essential for any student enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) course as well as for graduates in the workforce. One of the most essential skills is the ability to monitor one's own progress and understanding while solving a problem. Successful monitoring during the…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Models, STEM Education, Skill Development
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Fautch, Jessica M.; Foresman, James B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Introductory science courses serve a population of students in the major (i.e., chemistry) as well as those students outside the discipline (i.e., premed, biology, engineering). In an effort to help this diverse population of students connect personally with the content of the course, we sought ways to include student-centered activities, provide…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Introductory Courses, Student Centered Learning
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Reed, Kelynne E.; Aiello, David P.; Barton, Lance F.; Gould, Stephanie L.; McCain, Karla S.; Richardson, John M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article discusses the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Teaching and Research (STAR) Leadership Program, developed at Austin College, which engages students in activities integrated into undergraduate STEM courses that promote the development of leadership behaviors. Students focus on interpersonal communication,…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Integrated Curriculum, Science Curriculum, Undergraduate Study
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Lazarova, Krassi – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Studying physics for nonphysics majors at college level is usually a process of learning new problem-solving skills and sometimes seems a frustrating experience. In an attempt to provide students with more learning resources, online homework was required to supplement the instruction. This study reveals the role of the online homework assignments…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Homework, Introductory Courses, Physics
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Coleman, Jill S. M.; Mitchell, Melissa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This article describes the implementation of high-altitude balloon (HAB) research into a variety of undergraduate atmospheric science classes as a means of increasing active student engagement in real-world, problem-solving events. Because high-altitude balloons are capable of reaching heights of 80,000-100,000 ft (24-30 km), they provide a…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Program Implementation, Problem Based Learning
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Antonenko, Pavlo D.; Jahanzad, Farzaneh; Greenwood, Carmen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Collaborative problem solving is an essential component of any 21st century science career. Scientists are hired, retained, and promoted for solving problems in dynamic and interdisciplinary teams. They discuss issues, explain and justify their opinions, debate, elaborate, and reflect on their collective knowledge. At the same time, both…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Popejoy, Kate; Asala, Kathryn S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
High failure rates in introductory large lecture chemistry courses for STEM majors have been of concern for years. Through our weekly Team Approach to Successful Learning (TASL) workshops, students learn and apply problem-solving strategies, coached by specially trained peer learning coaches (LCs). These coaches concurrently enroll in Chemistry…
Descriptors: Teamwork, STEM Education, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Czworkowski, John; Seethaler, Sherry – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
The California Teach Program at the University of California, San Diego, recruits and prepares undergraduates interested in teaching science and mathematics. One of the products of the program is a set of courses taught by faculty in science disciplines that integrate subject matter with theories of learning and instruction, with the goal of…
Descriptors: Course Content, Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Student Surveys
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Eisenkraft, Arthur; Eisenkraft, Noah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
To find out whether the education community shares a collective understanding about how students should be evaluated, we surveyed 202 educators (from all grade levels) and scientists attending assessment workshops (Pennsylvania, California, and Massachusetts) or judging a national student competition (Washington, DC). The educators and scientists…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Scientists, Grades (Scholastic), Grading
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Singh, Chandralekha; Haileselassie, Daniel – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Science teaching and learning can be made both engaging and student-centered using pedagogical, computer-based learning tools. We have developed self-paced interactive problem-solving tutorials for introductory physics. These tutorials can provide guidance and support for a variety of problem-solving techniques, as well as opportunities for…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Physics, Problem Solving, Science Instruction
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Baumgartner, Erin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Preservice preparation courses for elementary teachers of science can provide opportunities to build pedagogical content knowledge. One common concern of preservice teachers is how to cope with a preplanned lesson that does not proceed as planned. Providing opportunities for preservice teachers to experience the unexpected actually immerses them…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Robertson, William H.; Garcia, Claudia Vanessa; Lougheed, Vanessa L.; Tweedie, Craig; Velasco, Aaron – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
The International Polar Year-Research and Educational Opportunities in Antarctica for Minorities (IPY-ROAM) program was designed to increase minority participation in polar science by immersing participants in an academic program that included a trip to Antarctica. The IPY-ROAM program was focused on increasing public understanding of the polar…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Educational Opportunities, Minority Groups, Higher Education
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Schwartz, Susan K.; Kowalski, Eileen M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
The authors incorporated chemistry into information technology (IT) programming assignments and IT problem solving into chemistry. At-risk students, performing well below control groups of their peers in both courses, achieved end-of-term chemistry exam results and IT final project results that were statistically indistinguishable (p varies) from…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Information Technology, Control Groups, Chemistry
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Regassa, Laura B.; Morrison-Shetlar, Alison I. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
Inquiry-based learning was used to enhance an undergraduate molecular biology course at Georgia Southern University, a primarily undergraduate institution in rural southeast Georgia. The goal was to use a long-term, in-class project to accelerate higher-order thinking, thereby enabling students to problem solve and apply their knowledge to novel…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Hands on Science, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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