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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes the nature and use of a "strategy", an organized approach that breaks down the overall mental task of problem-solving into stages, providing details of the McMaster Six-Step Strategy. Also provides instructions for working through a Whimby pair series of problems and the Schoenfeld management approach. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Problem Solving
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Lord, Thomas R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
The visuo-spatial centers of the right brain are crucial to being able to problem solve or conceptualize (two abilities necessary for success in understanding science). Yet, current educational format is almost exclusively a left-brain undertaking. Reasons why educators should emphasize right-brain understanding in educational curricula at all…
Descriptors: Cerebral Dominance, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Woods, D. R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Four papers are reviewed. They include a description of how instructional modules and small group problem-solving (PS) in a second-year plant anatomy course produced excellent PS skills and various ideas on PS in the context of chemistry. Also reviews guided-design as a strategy to help develop PS skills. (JN)
Descriptors: Botany, Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education
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Haynes, James M.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Describes a course which focuses student activities on the preparation of an environmental impact statement. The course provides undergraduate/graduate students with an intensive field ecology experience which exposes them to scientific principles of biology, environmental analysis, and quantitative sampling methods. Includes course format,…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Course Descriptions, Ecology
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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
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Kamm, Steven D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Describes a project designed to develop 50 tutorial lessons for students having difficulty with specific types of physics problems. Because the intent was to tutor problem solving rather than teach physics concepts, lessons were designed for use after classroom instruction had occurred. Includes project goals, development, implementation, results,…
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Higher Education
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Goldberg, Fred M.; Shuman, James C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
In guided design, students are led through the process of solving open-ended problems in "slow motion." Steps in the decision making involved in and examples of guided design projects in a physical science course are outlined and discussed. Comments on student evaluation of the course are included. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Decision Making, Higher Education
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Woods, Donald R., Ed. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Reviews recent research on problem solving, summarizing differences between problem-solving styles of novices and experts. Also describes a text by Daniel Solow ("How to Read and Do Proofs"). Includes chapter titles for the text useful for students who wish to improve their understanding of mathematical reasoning. (JM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, College Mathematics, College Science, Decision Making
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Gupta, Gian – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Describes a course designed to familiarize students with alternative sources of energy, with emphasis on problem-solving strategies. Includes list of major topics/subtopics addressed and list of textbooks and recommended readings on alternative energy sources. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Energy
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Woods, D. R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Describes the Whimbey-Lochhead approach to help students develop problem-solving skills, providing instructions for using the approach in instructional programs. Includes a list of 70 tactics or heuristics used (or misused) in problem solving. Other ideas and information from books and articles on problem solving are included. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Heuristics, Higher Education, Problem Solving
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Tolbert, Margaret E. M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1996
Describes the educational programs at the Argonne National Laboratory that contribute to the development of a technically trained and diverse national workforce. Discusses precollege and college/university programs. (JRH)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Problem Solving
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Zoller, Uri – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
The Individualized Eclectic Examination is described. The format, design, and philosophy of the examination that emphasizes problem solving are discussed. Sample questions, student projects, and an illustration of the implementation of the exam are included. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Problem Solving, Science and Society
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Lord, Thomas R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Explains the need, general guidelines, expectations, and advantages of student involvement in research at the undergraduate level. Lists selected research projects conducted by students at Burlington County College. (RT)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Experiential Learning, Problem Solving
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Siebert, Eleanor D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1988
Points out that research is an inefficient endeavor as it relates to time, but the rewards can be gratifying and of value. Reports on a compilation of faculty and administration observations, alumni and student surveys, and some readings on the topic. (RT)
Descriptors: College Science, Evaluation Criteria, Experiential Learning, Instructional Improvement
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Ryan, Janet – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses the lack of study skills found among non-science majors. Provides examples of how science courses differ from other courses. Gives some methods to help students study more effectively. (MVL)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Science, Content Area Reading, Introductory Courses
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