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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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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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Porta, Angela R.; Dhawan, Puneet – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
Undergraduate biology programs are currently undergoing reform to involve students in biomedical research. Engaging students in more active, hands-on experiments allows students to discover scientific principles for themselves, and to develop techniques of critical thinking and problem solving. This models the world of real scientific research,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Research, Scientists, Research Design
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Felzien, Lisa; Cooper, Janet – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005
An Introduction to Research course was modified to better teach the process of scientific inquiry to students who were not engaged in research projects. Students completed several tasks involved in research projects, including making presentations in a journal club format, writing mock grant proposals, and working as teams to evaluate grant…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grants, Research Projects, Proposal Writing
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Mangurian, Luz; Feldman, Susannah; Clements, James; Boucher, Laurence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Introduces the Towson Transition Course (TTC) which focuses on preparing students to be scientifically literate and describes the components of the course. Focuses on problem solving, gathering traditional and electronic information, using the case study teaching method, ethical scientific behavior, and evaluation. (Contains 33 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Computers, Critical Thinking
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Kronberg, Joyce R.; Griffin, Marshall S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2000
Describes the immersion system using analyses problems which was developed to improve students' critical thinking skills in introductory biology courses. Presents examples for college level problem solving procedures. Analyses students' and faculty members' reactions to analysis problems. (YDS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Biology, Critical Thinking, Genetics
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Anderson, Elaine J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Describes a non-laboratory science course for nonscience majors that actively engages students in a variety of learning activities. Highlights students' positive evaluations of the course. Also describes active learning experiences incorporated into the course. (JRH)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies
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Dunkhase, John A.; Penick, John E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Discussed are similarities between college courses described as exemplary by the Society of College Science Teachers. Various strategies used to teach problem solving based on a three-stage model are highlighted. The process of identification of exemplary programs is discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, Demonstration Programs
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Crow, Linda W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses five strategies to use in creating an environment that will foster the development of critical thinking. To make thinking the subject of instruction; focusing on the key aspects of higher-order thinking; providing opportunities for continual, explicit practice; questioning and developing an investigative nature; and reinforcing the…
Descriptors: College Science, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Instruction
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes the contents of a book entitled The Care and Feeding of Ideas: A Guide to Encouraging Creativity which considers the thinking process, why skills need to be developed, and how students use or should use these thinking skills. (RT)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, College Science
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1988
Explains the differences between successful and unsuccessful problem solvers' exploration of a problem, translation of information into different forms, approach to devising and executing a plan, and rechecking work. (RT)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Science, Concept Formation, Critical Thinking
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Reviews a monograph which addresses children's higher-order thinking skills. Suggests the following for teaching problem solving: identify and develop content-independent and content-dependent problem-solving skills, connect developed skills through workshop-style activities to subject discipline, and help students identify and reconstruct their…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures
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Phillips, D. C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Discussion of changes in science education and scientific literacy is presented in the form of a dialog between the author and his alter ego. Structure of science, myths, facts, methods, and critical rationality are considered. Suggests that scientific principles once considered basic and unchanging are giving way to critical thinking. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Higher Education
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Statkiewicz, Walter R.; Allen, Robert D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Assesses student responses to and evaluates effectiveness of exercises designed to develop critical and analytical reasoning skills in the biological sciences. In answering exercises consisting of problems in a multiple-choice format, students are required to write out justifications for acceptance/rejection of each choice. Significant improvement…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Critical Thinking, Evaluation