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Gonzalez, Beatriz – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The author discusses an Introduction to Biology course they created. The course was designed by following the recommendations from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report, which stresses the need for engaging students through hands-on and student-centered activities. In the course, students perform…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Online Courses
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Sevian, Hannah; Robinson, William E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Clickers are a popular tool in large science classes. The authors find that clickers can also be used in small undergraduate- and graduate-level science classes, and to some extent also in laboratory classes, to achieve the same purposes as in large classes. Issues that can be addressed using clickers include fully engaging all students,…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Graduate Study
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Johnson, Marie; Smith, Mark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
The authors have developed a successful approach to teaching and inspiring undergraduate science and nonscience majors to complete creditable, semester-long, hands-on science research projects. This approach utilizes a carefully developed scaffolding consisting of in-class exercises and discussions, preparatory homework and lab events, and three…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Science Projects, Hands on Science, Science Fairs
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Gaffney, Jon D. H.; Richards, Evan; Kustusch, Mary Bridget; Ding, Lin; Beichner, Robert J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
The SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment for Undergraduate Programs) project was developed to implement reforms designed for small classes into large physics classes. Over 50 schools across the country, ranging from Wake Technical Community College to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have adopted it for classes of…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Change Strategies
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Sales, Jessica; Comeau, Dawn; Liddle, Kathleen; Khanna, Nikki; Perrone, Lisa; Palmer, Katrina; Lynn, David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
A new program, On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers (ORDER), has been developed as a bridge across the ever-widening gap between graduate and undergraduate education in the sciences. This bridge is created by merging the needs of graduate/postdoctoral students to educate more interdisciplinary scholars about their research discoveries with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Graduate Study, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Methodology
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Butler, Robert F.; Hall-Wallace, Michelle; Burgess, Tony – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Describes a university course on natural history in which undergraduates and K-12 teachers make four Saturday field trips to observe local natural history. Undergraduates practice carefully and objectively describing the landscape while K-12 science teachers learn about the local geology and ecology that they teach in their earth science, biology,…
Descriptors: Biology, Ecology, Field Trips, Geology
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Chenier, Philip J.; Jenson, Todd M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1982
Study aids have been developed in a format allowing students to assimilate partial answers slowly, without consulting the whole answer. Discusses rationale and advantages of using the aids and provides three examples demonstrating logical thinking required to solve short-answer problem and use in multistep mechanistic or synthetic problems.…
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Organic Chemistry
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Buchwald, Caryl Edward – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Describes strategies used in undergraduate geology education at the Carleton College. Discusses factors that contribute to the success of the program, including the setting and the choices made with regard to teaching. (JRH)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Evaluation, Geology, Higher Education
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Ferrier, M. Drew – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses benefits, costs, locales, class recruitment, field supplies, timing, and testing methods. Provides a listing of Caribbean marine field stations routinely available to college classes. (MVL)
Descriptors: College Science, Field Studies, Field Trips, Marine Biology
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Trombulak, Steve; Sheldon, Sallie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes a study in which students were required to write for five minutes after class on topics that interested them during the lecture. Reports a significant effect on achievement in a vertebrate biology class. Notes that no difference in attitude was found. (MVL)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Content Area Writing, Journal Writing
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Adams, David L.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses the Bradford Plan's general education core curriculum which includes a course in scientific literacy. Advocates an understanding, awareness and appreciation of the science field. Provides the course objectives and outline. (MVL)
Descriptors: College Science, Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Design
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Caprio, Mario W.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses a questionnaire sent to 763 Society for College Science Teaching members to identify problems of teaching nonmajors. Notes the questionnaire had a high return rate. Lists the eight major problems: post negative experiences; motivation; what to teach; abstractions; how to introduce relevance; staying power; inquiry material; and…
Descriptors: College Science, Conferences, Course Content, Curriculum Development
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Bicak, Charles J.; Bicak, Laddie J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Suggested is an approach to general biology which may be effective in sustaining student interest and infusing an appreciation for science. The goal of the approach is to foster life-long learning and capability to make connections and draw inferences. Examples using the levels of biotic organization are given. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Course Descriptions, Educational Improvement
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Tourtellotte, S. Wilson – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Described is a capstone experiment which can be used to improve student skills and to illustrate for students the strong connections between chemistry and biology. Procedures and explanations for the three parts of this activity are included. Ten follow-up questions are provided. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education
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Rettig, Terrence W.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Reviewed are six programs at different colleges and universities which provide research opportunities for undergraduate students in physics, astronomy, marine biology, meteorology, and anthropology. Background, features, and accomplishments of the programs are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, College Science
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