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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Lundmark, Jennifer; Paradis, Jeffrey; Kapp, Micaela; Lowe, Elizabeth; Tashiro, Lynn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
In late 2011, we created a Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program focused on improving student performance in high-risk STEM courses. Our PALs are modeled after the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) program, which has been shown to provide long- and short-term benefits to both students (Chan & Bauer, 2015; Gosser, Kampeier, & Pratibha, 2010;…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Facilitators (Individuals), Peer Groups, Peer Teaching
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Tanski, Anne E.; Bobick, Sandra; Mosley-Turner, Katherine; Garofalo, Giovanni – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Given biotechnology's emergence as a major competitor in the Pittsburgh region, critically linking education to industry through the Community College of Allegheny County's Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative (BWC) provided a well-trained workforce. The collaborative also sought to increase the number of women in the sciences, specifically…
Descriptors: Social Work, Caseworkers, Counselor Role, Cohort Analysis
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Cervato, Cinzia; Gallus, William; Flory, Dave; Moss, Elizabeth; Slade, Michael; Kawaler, Steve; Marengo, Massimo; Woo, Keith; Krumhardt, Barbara; Clough, Mike; Campbell, Alexis; Acerbo, Martin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Lab components of undergraduate science courses typically have students complete highly directed cookbook-like laboratory activities. These experiences rarely engage students in a meaningful manner and do not accurately convey what the work of science entails. With funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), we have created more…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Student Experience
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McDonald, James; Dominguez, Lynn A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The partnership between science and the environment in service-learning projects helps students to make greater connections to the world around them. Service learning provides many benefits to students, faculty, and communities within the context of a college course. However, to prevent frustration, it is important for faculty members to make a…
Descriptors: School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Service Learning
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Rogers, Michael; Keller, Luke D .; Price, Matthew F.; Crouse, Andrew – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Education research provides a range of curricular reform options that can lead to improved student course outcomes. These options can appear easy to implement with the hope of immediate increases in student learning. In 2006 the Ithaca College Physics Department went down this path by moving all of their 100-level courses out of lecture halls and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Program Implementation, Introductory Courses, Physics
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Boose, David L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Quantitative reasoning is a key intellectual skill, applicable across disciplines and best taught in the context of authentic, relevant problems. Here, I describe and assess a laboratory exercise that has students calculate their "carbon footprint" and evaluate the impacts of various behavior choices on that footprint. Students gather…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Statistical Analysis, Data Collection, Computation
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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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Pellegrini, John J.; Jansen, Elizabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program introduces undergraduates to technology transfer in biomedical sciences by having teams of students from multiple disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, economics, and business) analyze inventions in development at the Mayo Clinic. Over 6 months, teams consult with inventors, intellectual property experts, and…
Descriptors: Innovation, Technology Transfer, Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences
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Poole, Therese M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
The process of protein synthesis, translation, is difficult for many students to understand. There are two reasons for this: (1) It is difficult to visualize the process, since the components involved in the process are not observable, and (2) There are many details, often dependent on each other and difficult to grasp independently, that are…
Descriptors: Teaching Models, Demonstrations (Educational), Active Learning, Program Descriptions
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Kight, Scott; Gaynor, John J.; Adams, Sandra D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
We applied the concept of learning communities, whereby students develop their own ideas in cohort-based settings, to undergraduate research training. This creates powerful research communities where students practice science from observation to experimental design to interpretation of data. We describe a biology program, but the approach suits…
Descriptors: Research Design, Student Research, Integrated Curriculum, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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Loudon, Marc; Sharp, Mark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
We present an automated system that allows students to replay both audio and video from a large nonmajors' organic chemistry class as streaming RealMedia. Once established, this system requires no technical intervention and is virtually transparent to the instructor. This gives students access to online class review at any time. Assessment has…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Nonmajors, Technology Uses in Education, Mass Media Use
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Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David; Gatchell, David W.; Hirsch, Penny L.; Linsenmeier, Robert A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
We present an approach for integrating instruction of scientific writing and reading into undergraduate science courses, inspired by the pedagogical theory of cognitive apprenticeship. We demonstrate its implementation and describe a study of students' feedback that enabled us to elicit students' difficulties and fine-tune the next application…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Formative Evaluation, Technical Writing
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Lai, Christine A.; Rivera, Julio C., Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
In this article, the authors describe how they use a strategic planning tool known as SWOT as a framework for case analysis, using it to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a public works project intended to enhance regional economic development in Tempe, Arizona. Students consider the project in light of a variety of…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Economic Development, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Training Methods
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Holtzclaw, J. D.; Morris, Lee G.; Pyatt, Robert; Giver, Cynthia S.; Hoey, Joseph; Haynes, J. K.; Gunn, Robert B.; Eaton, Douglas; Eisen, Arri – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005
Developing education skills in future college faculty is challenging. At the postdoctoral level, Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) fellows effectively integrate research with mentored undergraduate teaching experiences and foster interinstitutional cooperation and participation of minorities and women in science. (Contains 3…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Postdoctoral Education, Research Skills, Program Descriptions
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